Judge won't toss charges in Chinatown racketeering case

Created: 08/27/2015 12:52 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out racketeering charges against a man arrested in a federal money laundering and corruption probe that also led to charges against a California state senator.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer on Thursday rejected arguments by lawyers for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow that he was being selectively prosecuted while other people caught in a government probe were let go.

Chow, the elected "dragonhead" of the Chinese fraternal group known as the Ghee Kung Tong in San Francisco, was arrested after a years-long investigation that also ensnared state Sen. Leland Yee.

Yee was suspended from the Legislature after being charged last year and is no longer a member of the Senate.

The FBI alleges the Ghee Kung Tong was a racketeering enterprise.

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