Supervisor Jew faces federal charges

Supervisor Ed Jew has been charged with mail fraud by theU.S. Attorney’s Office stemming from allegations that he demanded cash payments from a small business chain in the district he represents in exchange for help with problems with The City’s Planning Department.

Jew, 47 , allegedly attempted to $10,000 cash payments from various owners of a tapioca beverage chain, Quickly. He apparently approached the owner of the chain store in the Sunset District he represents, informed the owners that they were in violation of the city’s Planning Code and demanded cash payments in exchange for assistance with their permit issues.

According to the complaint, Jew asked a Quickly store owner to recruit as many owners as possible. He asked for each owner to pay $10,000 in cash for assistance with problems they were having with the Planning Department of San Francisco.

A Quickly employee later informed Jew that eight different Quickly franchise owners had each agreed to pay $10,000, for a total payment of $80,000.

In search warrants executed on May 18, 2007, the FBI found $10,000 of the cash in Jew’s office safe. The district attorney and city attorney launched separate investigations into Jew’s residency because questions about where he lived had surfaced following the May 18 raid of his City Hall office, his Chinatown flower shop, the house in the Sunset and the Burlingame house.

Jew is currently being tried by the district attorney on nine felony counts ranging from perjury to voter fraud based on allegations that he lied about residing at the 28th Avenue Sunset home when running for the District 4 seat on the board last year.

Meanwhile City Attorney Dennis Herrera has requested permission from the state’s attorney general to sue Jew to oust him from the board, based on allegations that he violated the City Charter by not living in the district he represents. A decision by the attorney general is pending.

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