Feds charge Ed Jew with fraud
Embattled Supervisor Ed Jew was charged today with fraud by federal
in connection with an alleged solicitation of a $40,000 cash bribe.
By Julia Cheever
September 20, 2007
San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew - already facing state criminal
charges of lying about his residence - was hit today with separate
federal charges of fraud in allegedly soliciting a $40,000 bribe
to help a tapioca drink business obtain permits.
Jew, 47, is scheduled to surrender and make an initial appearance
before U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco on Friday
morning, according to U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Natalya
Jew was charged in a complaint filed by prosecutors in U.S. District
Court in San Francisco today with one count of using the U.S.
mail in a scheme to defraud the public of his honest services.
An affidavit by FBI agent Christopher McDonough that was filed
with the complaint alleges that he received $40,000 in cash May
7 from representatives of Quickly USA, a Taiwan based chain that
sells tapioca and milk tea beverages.
The affidavit alleges that in a conversation recorded by the
FBI, Jew told the Quickly representatives that an associate would
help with paperwork to get needed permits while Jew would be "in
McDonough alleges that Jew said, "Right now, I'm helping
you from the inside."
The count carries a theoretical maximum penalty of 20 years in
prison if Jew is convicted, but the actual sentence would be determined
after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.
Jew's lawyers, Steven Gruel and William Fazio, were not immediately
available for comment. U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said, "Elected
representatives owe a duty of honest services to the people they
serve. Officials who deprive the public of their right to these
honest services must be held accountable for their actions."
The affidavit alleges Jew had agreed to receive a total of $80,000
from the owners of eight San Francisco stores and received half
of that amount in the meeting at Jew's flower shop in the city
McDonough said in the affidavit that in an interview with the
FBI on May 18, Jew told agents that he gave $20,000 of the money
to his associate, whose name is not given in the affidavit, and
was planning to give most of the remaining $20,000 to charity.
In the state court case, Jew's pending San Francisco Superior
Court trial on nine felony charges was postponed Wednesday. It
is now scheduled for Oct. 26.
Jew is accused in that case of falsely claiming residency in
San Francisco and lying on official documents leading up to his
successful bid for a seat representing the Sunset District on
the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2006.
Editor's Note: An online copy of the complaint
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