FBI undercover agent became like brother to reputed Chinatown gangster ‘Shrimp …

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FBI Agent Testifies Shrimp Boy Denied Knowledge Of Crimes.

SAN FRANCISCO – Jurors in the murder and racketeering trial of a key defendant in a San Francisco Chinatown crime probe are set to hear another day of testimony from one of the prosecution’s main witnesses — an FBI agent who posed as an East Coast mobster interested in laundering proceeds from illegal sports betting and marijuana cultivation. The agent, who is testifying under the pseudonym “David Jordan” to protect his identity, is scheduled to take the stand for a third day on Thursday after testifying that Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow tried to distance himself from criminal activity.

Chow told the agent he did not want to know about the crimes being committed, but then accepted thousands of dollars from the agent after the introductions and said, “‘I’m not involved in any criminal activity anymore, but I know and approve of what’s going on in the streets,'” the agent said. Prosecutors say Chow took over a Chinese fraternal group after having its previous leader murdered and ran a racketeering enterprise that engaged in drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol. The investigation led to the conviction of a state senator. “‘I don’t know what you guys have going on,’” Jordan said Chow told him. “‘You guys are doing bad things.

The agent described an elaborate undercover operation in which money laundering transactions were referred to in code as “coffee.” He had another undercover agent pose as his girlfriend. The agent previously testified that he developed a false back story that included a grandfather whose Italian name was changed to Jordan when he emigrated from Italy to the United States, and a dummy company, Madison International, which his family used to launder money.

Reporters and other observers were in a “media center” on the first floor watching a live video feed of the attorneys, judge and evidence, but were unable to see Jordan. As the San Jose Mercury News reported, there are two very different stories being told. “Federal prosecutors will depict Chow as a violent gang leader with a long history of overseeing Chinatown’s crime scene.

Prosecutors also accidentally showed a photo of Jordan with his undercover girlfriend, but quickly took it down when they realized it was going out to the feed. He told the court that he derived his name from the Italian “Giordano” and said his grandfather was forced to change it when he came to Ellis Island. Jordan said he told Shrimp Boy that he was dispatched by his mafia family to manage an illegal gaming operation on the West Coast; an exclusive sports betting operation which he claimed generated millions of dollars for the family. He said he spent a lot of time going to nightclubs late at night with people he “abhorred.” Jordan claimed he only drank light beer during those meetings, but that Shrimp Boy drank heavily from a variety of mixed cocktails. “I grew increasingly tired and did not enjoy my time going out at night with these individuals.

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