Thursday
October
30
2014
12:37 am
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

FBI says consultant played key role in weapons case
April 04, 2014, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Campaign consultant Keith Jackson operated largely outside the spotlight for years as a political power broker in San Francisco.

Now, authorities have cast him as a player in a cash-for-guns political corruption investigation that led to charges against him and state Sen. Leland Yee.

Jackson was released from jail Thursday evening after a magistrate judge earlier in the day ordered him freed on $250,000 bond.

Federal prosecutor William Frentzen had argued in court that the seriousness of the charges means Jackson should remain behind bars until his trial, which has not yet been scheduled. Jackson’s lawyer James Brosnahan countered that his client is innocent, has no criminal record and has deep ties to San Francisco.

Among his various tasks in San Francisco, Jackson has been an aggressive fundraiser for Yee, a high-profile politician who was elected to represent San Francisco’s largely residential west side in the Legislature.

Jackson raised contributions for Yee’s unsuccessful mayoral campaign in 2011 and solicited campaign donations for the Democratic state senator’s now-aborted run for California secretary of state.

Jackson was arrested March 26 along with Yee and 18 others accused of having connections to a Chinatown organization that the FBI says was a front for a notorious crime syndicate.

Authorities say Jackson served as a middleman between Yee and the syndicate and helped funnel cash to the politician in exchange for political influence.

At the time Jackson was working for Yee, he was also serving as a consultant to the Chinatown organization Ghee Kung Tong, the FBI claims. The tong held itself out as a civic booster and community helper. However, the FBI alleges it was a front for the headquarters of a notorious organized crime syndicate led by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Chow remains behind bars and has not entered a plea to charges of money laundering, drug dealing and several other counts.

Yee is free on $500,000 unsecured bond and hasn’t entered a plea.

Jackson is accused of having worked with Yee to trade political favors for donations from Jackson’s contacts in the organization, who were actually undercover FBI operatives working to infiltrate the tong.

Jackson is also alleged to have been the catalyst of a cash-for-guns scheme that involved Yee connecting an undercover FBI operative with an international arms dealer in exchange for campaign contributions.

Specifically, Jackson is charged with six counts of public corruption, one count of conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and one count trafficking in firearms without license.

Jackson, who once served as the president of San Francisco’s school board, is also accused of plotting with his son and another man to kill someone in return for cash.

 

 

Tags: jackson, francisco, political, campaign, charges, state,


Other stories from today:

 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Now that the Giants have won three World Series titles in five years, would you say they are a dynasty?

Absolutely, yes
I would think so
Maybe one more would make them a dynasty
I don't like the word dynasty
Madison Bumgarner is a dynasty!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Man allegedly stabs, kills acquaintance at Courthouse Square
A man was arrested Tuesday night for stabbing to death an acquaintance near the historic courthouse ..
Gunman who shot into occupied home at large
Police are searching for a man who opened fire into an occupied home in San Mateo Wednesday morning ..
San Mateo County social worker arrested for sex with teen client
Police arrested a San Mateo County social worker on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl ..
Syrian rebels enter Kurdish town from Turkey
MURSITPINAR, Turkey — For the first time since the Islamic State group launched an offensive on th..
Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
WASHINGTON — All American troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa will be pla..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County employment ads