A state senator from California, and pro-gun control Democrat Leland Yee, was indicted yesterday on several counts, including conspiring to commit wire fraud and trafficking guns.
Yee was allegedly part of a major crime ring which saw 26 arrests for a criminal conspiracy to illegally transport firearms in exchange for campaign donations.
Via the LA Times:
Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee in court Wednesday, accusing him of conspiring to commit wire fraud and traffic firearms.
In all, 26 people, including former school board president Keith Jackson, were indicted on charges related to an extensive crime ring headed by well-known Chinatown figure Raymond Chow, who was also arrested and charged Wednesday.
The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded “citizens of honest services” and were involved in a scheme to traffic firearms in exchange for thousands in campaign donations to the senator.
Federal prosecutors also allege Yee agreed to perform official acts in exchange for the money, including one instance in which he introduced a businessman to state legislators who had significant influence over pending medical marijuana legislation. In exchange, the businessman — who was actually an undercover FBI agent — agreed to donate thousands to Yee’s campaign fund, according to the indictment.
The indictment was unsealed yesterday in a San Francisco federal court, and law officers including the FBI conducted multiple raids which included Yee’s office in Sacramento. The raids were described as “massive” and involved “hundreds of officers.”
Prior to these events, Yee was known as a crusader for gun control.
Before he was arrested and indicted on numerous federal charges Wednesday, including allegations of gun running, State Sen. Leland Yee was a major advocate for gun control and pushed to ban a device called a “bullet button.”
Yee was arrested yesterday morning but freed on bond later in the evening. He plans to plead not guilty.