Expected testimony from undercover FBI agents Monday morning was postponed in the murder and racketeering trial of alleged Chinatown crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, according to Chow’s legal team, who said it was due to at least one sick juror.
On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled that his court would be closed to the public during the undercover agents’ testimony, but a video feed would be open for viewing in a separate room.
Court filings since the arrest of Chow in March 2014 have named the alias of several undercover agents involved in the case, including one agent that was taken off the case for alleged financial misconduct. From 2012 to 2013, the unnamed undercover agent allegedly paid Chow co-defendant Keith Jackson $37,000 in consulting fees to facilitate illegal activity.
As early as November 2012, an FBI wiretap request noted that the investigation team’s leader had concerns about the agent. But according to filings, an FBI “review has not resulted in any formal findings or determinations regarding the credibility of [the agent].”
Another agent, known as David Jordan, posed as a New Jersey mobster who Chow introduced to his compatriots.
Jordan eventually bought drugs and guns from Kongphet “Fat Joe” Chanthavong and was given honorary entry into the Ghee Kung Tong headed by Chow.
In court last week, two agents were mentioned during questioning from the prosecution.
But other agents were involved in everything from working deals with Chow’s compatriots to donating money to Mayor Ed Lee, according to filings.
One undercover FBI agent, listed as UCE-4773 – posing as a Michael King– appeared to be working with Zula Jones and Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer to illegally break up $10,000 campaign donations for Lee, a filing showed.
The FBI also used at least 11 confidential sources in their investigation.
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