The Latest: FBI Agent Takes Stand in Chinatown Murder Trial

18 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lead FBI agent testifies against ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow.

SAN FRANCISCO — The latest from the trial of a key defendant facing murder and racketeering charges following a multi-year organized crime investigation in San Francisco’s Chinatown (all times are local): The undercover FBI agent at the center of an organized crime investigation in San Francisco’s Chinatown says a key defendant would try to distance himself from any criminal activity. He introduced me so that I could conduct illegal activities with his associates,” the agent known as “Dave Jordan” told the jury at Chow’s racketeering and murder trial. 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 and money laundering.

The agent, whose real name was not disclosed, said he posed for nearly four years as a Mafia member from the East Coast who wanted to launder money and sell purportedly stolen cigarettes and liquor. The FBI agent posed as a member of an East Coast syndicate involved in illegal sports betting and marijuana cultivation who needed help laundering money. He is charged with the 2006 murder of his predecessor, racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to murder another rival, money laundering and conspiring to receive stolen goods. His lawyers contend he turned his life around after previous racketeering and gun-dealing convictions and is now a “visionary leader” dedicated to turning Chinatown youth away from crime. District Judge Charles Breyer was closed to the public and the media, but the proceedings could be viewed in a separate room via a live feed, with the witness stand not visible to spectators.

Jordan began testifying in mid-afternoon today and is expected to continue on the stand for hours more to authenticate the dozens of recordings he made of conversations with Chow and others by means of a device hidden in his clothing. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, and his fundraiser, Keith Jackson, who were accused of accepting bribes in the form of campaign contributions in exchange for political favors by Yee. Thirteen have pleaded guilty to various charges, including Yee, Jackson and four associates of Chow’s who agreed to become prosecution witnesses in the current trial. Chow always felt he was being recorded,” but said that after about a year and one-half, Chow appeared to “let down his guard a little bit more” in his conversations.

Jordan testified that in 2011, Chow told him he wanted to take revenge on Jim Tat Kong, a rival leader of the Hop Sing Tong group, and had announced that Kong was “no longer my brother.” “He told me that when he said that, there would be people lined up in the street to take vengeance on Mr. At the end of today’s court session, Frentzen asked the agent to authenticate a recording of a 2011 meeting in Las Vegas in which Jordan and Kevin Siu, who had been introduced to Jordan by Chow, discussed an apparent cocaine deal. The agent said Siu appeared to be testing him to “to see if I really was who I said I was” and wanted him to snort some cocaine, which would help to prove he was not an undercover officer.

Jordan said he was unarmed and was “extremely concerned about the gun” but was eventually able to conclude the meeting without taking any cocaine.

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