California State Sen. Yee's Arrest Partner

On March 26, California State Senator was arrested by the FBI.  CBS San Francisco reported:

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — State Senator Leland Yee, one of the most powerful Democratic politicians in California, was arrested Wednesday morning in a major series of federal raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting corruption and gang activity.

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Also arrested in the raid was Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a former Chinatown gangster who currently heads the Ghee Kung Tong masonic organization in San Francisco commonly referred to as the Chinese Freemasons.

Leland Yee is well-known in California, and he gained some national attention by criticizing radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh’s impression of Chinese Premier Hu Jintao in early 2011.

Raymond Chow’s media history goes back even further – to the Norman Hsu episode. 

On October 26, 2007, The American Spectator post entitled “More Peking Duck: Is the Clinton campaign an influence target of Chinese criminal groups?” suggested that Hsu was an operative for the People’s Republic of China.

“When the Wall Street Journal broke the Yuan Yuen "Norman" Hsu story, some likened Norman to "Johnny" Chung and "Charlie" Trie, and wondered if the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) was passing money again to the Clintons. Now, with the Los Angeles Times' story about Clinton's fundraising in New York City's Chinatown, there's another question to consider: Is the Clinton campaign a target of Asian criminal groups looking for political influence?

On August 28, 1990, Hsu claimed he was kidnapped by Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Who is Chow? In December 1992, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, released a 59-page report entitled "The New International Criminal And Asian Organized Crime." (This document is not posted online, but is available through some libraries and from the Senate committee, 199 Russell Building, Washington, D.C., 202-224-3721202-224-3721202-224-3721202-224-3721.) On page 26, the document displays an organizational chart of the San Francisco branch of the international Chinese triad, Wo Hop To. Chow's name and mug shot identified him as the triad's enforcer.

At the time of the alleged kidnapping, the Foster City, California police reported that Chow and Hsu were arguing over money amounts ranging from $300K to $1 million. Did the triad bankroll the scam that led to Hsu's conviction about a year later, or was Hsu crazy enough to try to scam a triad? By now, the relationship between Hsu and Wo Hop To is probably clear to the FBI. The rest of us will have to wait until the federal suits line up behind a bank of microphones to announce their findings on the Hsu case.

Meanwhile, Chow was convicted of racketeering, underage prostitution and international heroin trade. He was released early in 2003 in exchange for testifying against his crime boss, Peter Chong, the triad's Grand Dragon.

Today, Chow works to project a public image of a reformed criminal. When she was a San Francisco Supervisor, recently elected California Assemblywoman and now Majority Whip, Fiona Ma, sponsored Chow for a "Certificate of Honor" award from the city. Among those who contributed to Ms. Ma's recent election were Norman Hsu, Winkle Paw, Danny Lee and Yu-Fen Huang -- the last two were among a group of three from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, who contributed $270,000 to Democrats.”

Hsu bundled money for mostly Democrat candidates, including $850,000 for Hillary Clinton. She eventually donated the money to charity.

On March 26, California State Senator was arrested by the FBI.  CBS San Francisco reported:

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — State Senator Leland Yee, one of the most powerful Democratic politicians in California, was arrested Wednesday morning in a major series of federal raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting corruption and gang activity.

{snip}

Also arrested in the raid was Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a former Chinatown gangster who currently heads the Ghee Kung Tong masonic organization in San Francisco commonly referred to as the Chinese Freemasons.

Leland Yee is well-known in California, and he gained some national attention by criticizing radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh’s impression of Chinese Premier Hu Jintao in early 2011.

Raymond Chow’s media history goes back even further – to the Norman Hsu episode. 

On October 26, 2007, The American Spectator post entitled “More Peking Duck: Is the Clinton campaign an influence target of Chinese criminal groups?” suggested that Hsu was an operative for the People’s Republic of China.

“When the Wall Street Journal broke the Yuan Yuen "Norman" Hsu story, some likened Norman to "Johnny" Chung and "Charlie" Trie, and wondered if the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) was passing money again to the Clintons. Now, with the Los Angeles Times' story about Clinton's fundraising in New York City's Chinatown, there's another question to consider: Is the Clinton campaign a target of Asian criminal groups looking for political influence?

On August 28, 1990, Hsu claimed he was kidnapped by Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Who is Chow? In December 1992, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate, released a 59-page report entitled "The New International Criminal And Asian Organized Crime." (This document is not posted online, but is available through some libraries and from the Senate committee, 199 Russell Building, Washington, D.C., 202-224-3721202-224-3721202-224-3721202-224-3721.) On page 26, the document displays an organizational chart of the San Francisco branch of the international Chinese triad, Wo Hop To. Chow's name and mug shot identified him as the triad's enforcer.

At the time of the alleged kidnapping, the Foster City, California police reported that Chow and Hsu were arguing over money amounts ranging from $300K to $1 million. Did the triad bankroll the scam that led to Hsu's conviction about a year later, or was Hsu crazy enough to try to scam a triad? By now, the relationship between Hsu and Wo Hop To is probably clear to the FBI. The rest of us will have to wait until the federal suits line up behind a bank of microphones to announce their findings on the Hsu case.

Meanwhile, Chow was convicted of racketeering, underage prostitution and international heroin trade. He was released early in 2003 in exchange for testifying against his crime boss, Peter Chong, the triad's Grand Dragon.

Today, Chow works to project a public image of a reformed criminal. When she was a San Francisco Supervisor, recently elected California Assemblywoman and now Majority Whip, Fiona Ma, sponsored Chow for a "Certificate of Honor" award from the city. Among those who contributed to Ms. Ma's recent election were Norman Hsu, Winkle Paw, Danny Lee and Yu-Fen Huang -- the last two were among a group of three from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, who contributed $270,000 to Democrats.”

Hsu bundled money for mostly Democrat candidates, including $850,000 for Hillary Clinton. She eventually donated the money to charity.

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