Corruption Charges Expanded Against Leland Yee

Federal prosecutors have piled new charges on the existing corruption indictment faced by former state Sen. Leland Yee in the gun-running conspiracy and illegal campaign contribution case.

Along with the new claims, filed in a superseding indictment Tuesday, prosecutors provided a glimpse into some of the evidence they have turned over to the defense.  Separate papers filed Wednesday state the defense received audio and video taken from a pole camera in Boston of a meeting allegedly linked to money laundering.

The court papers do not say Yee was in the footage.  Feds also turned over documents seized from a search of Yee’s home and office, copies of information contained in seized digital devices and telephone toll records and photographs of meetings with undercover agents.

Prosecutors charged Yee in March with accepting $62,000 in campaign contributions in return for favors.  These favors allegedly included offers to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mobster.

The new and expanded indictment accuses Yee and his former campaign consultant Keith Jackson deposited checks for $3,000 into Yee’s failed secretary of state campaign.

The government alleges the money came from an undercover agent who gave Yee a list of military-grade weapons he wanted to buy through a Philippine contact of the senator’s

Case: U.S. v. Chow, No. 14-196CRB




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