Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is currently awaiting trial on charges of racketeering in San Francisco Federal District Court, but prosecutors now claim to have evidence that may now link him to the murder of a Chinatown community organization's leader. He has not been charged with murder (CA Penal Code 187) Instead, the San Francisco United States Attorneys' Office wants to use his alleged involvement with the killings as other crimes evidence in the racketeering case.
Chow's trial hearing in San Francisco is set for Nov. 2, 2015. Assistant United States Attorney William Frenzen has stated that Chow became the leader of the Ghee Kung Tong, just six months after his predecessor, Allen Leung, was shot to death by a masked gunman. There have not been any suspects for the murder until now. There is also evidence that Chow tried to hire someone to kill a member of the Hop Sing Tong (a San Francisco Street gang) who was later slain with his wife. No suspects have been found for those murders either.
Chow is accused of operating the gang, Ghee Kung Tong, which was allegedly operating a drug and gun ring along with committing violent crimes. Chow did not take over the gang because of the business he wanted to run, yet it was a way for him to gain power, Frenzen expressed.
Leung, who was 56 at the time of death, was a leader in a secretive Chinese community and a public figure that ran an import-export business and appointed to city economic task forces by Mayors Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown. Chow attended his funeral and was one of more than two dozen defendants who were indicted last year after a five-year undercover federal investigation into the alleged crime and corruption in Chinatown. This investigation led to former Senator Leland Yee pleading guilty in July.
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