San Francisco's 'tech mayor' is embroiled in bribery allegations according to court filings

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has been accused of taking bribes and being involved in money laundering schemes, according to new filings related to the criminal case around Richard “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the SF Examiner reported on Tuesday.

New filings in federal court allege that Lee took “substantial bribes in exchange for favours,” while some of his commission staff members engaged in money laundering activities.

The Examiner report noted that while the court fillings made the allegations, none of the people mentioned have been formally charged for the accusations. The report did not provide details on the nature of the alleged bribes.

Lee, who was elected mayor in 2011, has become intrinsically linked with San Francisco’s booming tech economy and was supported during the election by many of the tech industry elite including venture capitalist Ron Conway and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

The investigation is part of the 2014 raid that involved Chow, who was allegedly heading up organised crime in the Chinatown area of San Francisco. Other political leaders like State Senator Leland Yee and school board member Keith Jackson have also been implicated in the case as well.

We’ve reached out to the SF mayor’s office and will update this story when we hear back.

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