Feds Charge SF Lawmaker With Trying To Extort $80K

Federal authorities have charged San Francisco supervisor Ed Jew with fraud for attempting to extort $80,000 from a group of fast-food franchisees.

The felony charges stem from an FBI sting that included tapioca drink shop owners delivering an alleged bribe to Supervisor Ed Jew in marked $100 bills.

Jew 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.

The freshman legislator already faces felony charges of perjury and election code violations for allegedly lying about where he lived so he could run for the seat he won last year.

Jew's residency came into question after FBI agents investigating the alleged bribery in May raided his City Hall office, Chinatown flower shop and two homes he owned.

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