Samantha Weigel/Daily Journal
Agents from the IRS and FBI removed boxes from a home at 608 42nd Ave. in San Mateo Wednesday morning.
A raid of a house at 608 42nd Ave. in San Mateo Wednesday morning was part of the FBI’s numerous raids and arrest warrants throughout Sacramento and the Bay Area the federal agency executed in relation to the arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, and 25 others.
Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service, with support from local police, carried out boxes of items from the home and an FBI agent said the residence was linked to the ongoing criminal investigation involving Yee.
“I can actually confirm at this time that the FBI is conducting multiple search warrants and arrest warrants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Special Agent with the FBI Greg Wuthrich. “I can also confirm that state Sen. Leland Yee is also a part of the ongoing investigation that’s taking place at this time. [The investigation has] been ongoing for quite a while and that’s all I can say.”
Yee is being accused of conspiracy to deal firearms and wire fraud. Also arrested was Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, who has a prior criminal history dating back to the 1970s.
Agents said they couldn’t disclose the name of the home’s residents, but a neighbor named Tuck, who asked her last name not be used, said the people who lived in the home being raided moved in about a year ago. Early Wednesday morning, she was awakened by the agents’ raid. Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, search and arrest warrants were issued in relation to the case, said FBI Special Agent Peter D. Lee.
“I walked around the house and turned the lights on and saw flashlights,” she said. “It was alarming, but I was told they are FBI and the IRS.”
She believes it was a family of Asian descent living in the home. She said she believed a car that had been parked across the street for quite some time belonged to them. They also have a Porsche in the garage, she said.
“I just greeted them from time to time,” she said. “There was quite a few. Lots of cars out in front.”
Although there’s no name attached to the parcel on the San Mateo County Assessor’s Office website. It listed the billing address for the home as 1594 44th Ave. in San Francisco, a property listed as being owned by Xiaohui Chen and Jinming Yan.
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