Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to New Money Laundering Federal Charges

Former California State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Not Guilty to 2 New Money Laundering Federal Charges After his arrest last spring, former Democratic California state Senator Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to barrage of federal charges, including bribery and gun running, with the assistance of notorious San Francisco mobster “Shrimp Boy” Chow. On February 4th, Yee’s indictment saw two new money laundering federal charges, for which the former Senator has also pleaded not guilty. The revised indictment features a total of 230 federal … [Read more...]

Judge Fast-Tracks Leland Yee Corruption Trial to Early 2015

Leland Yee’s Federal Corruption Trial Fast-Tracked for Early Next Year A federal judge has “fast-tracked” Leland Yee’s federal corruption trial, involving numerous racketeering charges, to begin early next year. Yee, a former California state senator, has been charged with fraud, corruption, racketeering, and bribery, among other charges, with at least 28 other defendants. The  federal racketeering charge stems from a federal investigation that lasted 3 years. When Yee, campaign consultant Keith Jackson, and an undercover agent met again … [Read more...]

Former New Orleans Mayor Receives Federal Bribery, Federal Corruption Sentence

Former New Orleans Mayor Receives 10 Year Sentence for Federal Corruption, Federal Bribery Charges On Wednesday, July 9th, former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for federal charges including bribery and corruption. Nagin had been convicted in February on 20 out of 21 federal charges. Nagin’s charges included conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, and tax charges. Of 21 counts, he was found guilty of 20 – the jury found him not guilty on one count of bribery. Along with Nagin, seven contractors … [Read more...]

6th Person in SCSU Federal Corruption Trial Pleads Guilty

Sixth Defendant Pleads Guilty in SCSU Federal Corruption and Kickbacks Trial A sixth defendant in the Jonathan Pinson and South Carolina State University federal corruption and kickbacks trial has pleaded guilty. Edwin Givens, a former attorney and chief of staff at the university, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, May 13th, to one charge of misprision of a felony. Givens allegedly played a small role in the federal corruption scheme at SCSU. The FBI planted wire taps on several phones for years, listening to a recording conversations between … [Read more...]

Leland Yee, 28 Others, Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

California State Senator Leland Yee and 28 Codefendants Officially Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges On April 4th, a federal grand jury officially indicted 29 suspects, including the now notorious California state senator Leland Yee, on federal corruption charges. Yee was arrested by the FBI on March 26th after a five-year federal investigation into potential campaign corruption. According to the 137-page federal indictment, Yee has been accused of wire fraud for accepting bribes from undercover agents in an attempt to sway … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pinson Kickback Trial Delayed

Federal Kickback Trial for Jonathan Pinson and Associates Delayed Until June The federal kickback and corruption trial involving the former board chairman of South Carolina State University has been delayed until at least June of this year due to a document error. Reportedly, several thousand pages of documents were not delivered to the defense. The trial has been pushed back to at least June 5th to allow defense attorneys to review the documents. The federal kickback and corruption trial, involving allegations against Jonathan Pinson … [Read more...]

Car Dealership Owner and Employee Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges

Anderson County Car Dealership Employees Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges in Federal Corruption Case A car dealership owner in Anderson County, SC, along with one of his employees, have pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges as part of a federal corruption case that began in September 2012. Joe Gibson, 57, from Spartanburg, and Billy John Mills, Jr, 45, from Huntersville, NC, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud from an indictment issued two years ago. Gibson pleaded guilty on Thursday, January 23rd, while Mills pleaded guilty on … [Read more...]