The cross-examination of an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent is scheduled for today in the trial of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.
For nearly a week, an unnamed FBI agent, known to Chow and his associates as David Jordan, has testified on behalf of the prosecution in the closed federal courtroom of Judge Charles Breyer. That agent spent years undercover to build trust with Chow, who stands trial on racketeering and murder-related charges.
The public and press have had to view his testimony through video feed caught inside the courtroom in order to protect the identity of the agent who is still working undercover.
Known also as UCE 4599, Jordan at first played a minor undercover role in the investigation starting in 2010. Another undercover agent who went by the name Jimmy Chen, and who also testified last week, introduced Jordan to Chow in Hawaii.
But it took years of dangerous undercover work to finally gain the trust of Chow, said Jordan.
“Dave Jordan was a member of an organized crime syndicate based on East Coast,” said the agent, explaining his fictional backstory for undercover work. “A legend in essence is an undercover story, your background.”
A third agent, known as Michael King, who played a real estate investor coming to San Francisco looking for business, was first mentioned in testimony Friday.
In earlier court filings, King in 2012 allegedly donated money to help retire Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign debt.
Lee’s mayoral campaign needed to retire almost $300,000 in campaign debt. Ethics Commissioner Nazly Mohajer spoke with King about laundering a $10,000 donation into legal $500 contributions, according to the wiretaps.
King wrote the Lee campaign a $500 check, according to records.
After the donation, Mohajer orchestrated a meeting between the agent and the mayor at her office at 945 Front St. to discuss doing business in The City, according to the filing.
Lee has said that he cannot remember any such meeting. The trial is expected to continue at 9 a.m. today.
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