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Former State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

Posted by Seth Chazin | Jul 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Leland Yee faces several years in federal prison after admitting that he took bribes from undercover agents working for the FBI in exchange for Yee's promise to vote on legislation. He also allegedly arranged meetings for his donors and illegally smuggled guns from the Philippines.

Before Yee was convicted, he was running for California Secretary of State but purportedly used his campaign as a racketeering initiative to gain funds from agents who posed as contributors. In his plea agreement, he agreed to “conduct… the affairs of the campaign through racketeering activities.” The illegal activity that Yee was involved in was said to have lasted from October 2012 to March 2014, wherein he gained a total of $34,600.

Yee's plea bargain did not include a specific sentence, but a plea agreement from his former consultant and fundraiser Keith Jackson, who admitted to the same charge, is to be sentenced to a term between 6 and 10 years.

Those convicted of racketeering must forfeit all the money gained. Yee agreed to pay the $33,466 that law enforcement seized during investigation. He will also lose his right to vote when in prison and while on parole.

Yee's sentence will be determined on October 21, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Charles Beyer in San Francisco Federal District Court. Previous charges of money-laundering against Yee and Jackson have been dropped.

For more on Federal Fraud and White Collar Crimes:Fraud and Embezzlement , White Collar Crimes

For more on Yee's charges check out: Former Senator Leland Yee Pleads not Guilty to Additional Charges in Federal Court

California Senator Leland Yee Facing Corruption and Bribery Charges

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Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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