San Francisco official charged in extortion attempt

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Federal authorities Thursday charged a rookie San Francisco lawmaker with fraud for attempting to extort $80,000 from a group of fast-food proprietors who had business permit troubles. The felony charge stems from an FBI sting that included the tapioca-drink shop owners delivering a $40,000 payment to Supervisor Ed Jew in marked $100 bills earlier this year, and promising to deliver the rest of the money later. Jew, 47, has acknowledged taking the money, but said he did so at the businessmen’s insistence and on behalf of a consultant he recommended they hire to help with their permit problems. But the owners of the Quickly chain of 12 tapioca-drink stores insisted it was Jew who first approached them with word of their permit problems. Tapioca drinks, also known as “bubble tea,” are popular beverages throughout Asia and San Francisco’s Chinese neighborhoods. Jew is charged with a single count of mail fraud. Authorities allege that Jew deprived his constituents of his “honest services” by attempting to shake down the owners of the Quickly chain of drink shops. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more