SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — While he was under investigation by the FBI, a state senator accused of gunrunning was visited by an alleged co-conspirator at a very public ceremony at the state Capitol, CBS13 has learned.
Even as an undercover agent was building the case that led to state Sen. Leland Yee’s corruption arrest, two of the senator’s co defendants visited him together.
The February 2012 meeting with Keith Jackson and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow came along with a ceremonial photo showing Yee and San Francisco 49ers tight-end Vernon Davis—just one of the stars to whom Chow and Jackson often attached themselves in fundraising efforts.
CBS13 has learned that alleged organized-gang boss Chow and political consultant Jackson were with Davis that day as part of his entourage. Chow even posted a picture on Facebook of himself with Davis on the same day.
Court documents show later that year, the undercover agent told Chow he’d meet with Yee about having Chow’s ankle bracelet removed. The complaint also shows Chow did not think Yee could be trusted.
In a court appearance on Monday, Yee’s attorney says the federal investigation’s lengthy timeframe shows weakness.
“What took three years? That raises questions of fairness to Leland Yee,” he said.