Report: FBI Supplied Cash To Ed Jew In Probe
Jun. 10 -- As part of an investigation into possible extortion, the FBI reportedly supplied cash to the businessmen who paid San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew $40,000,
The businessmen say Jew had suggested they pay him to head off problems in obtaining permits for a chain of drink stores.
The businessmen brought the FBI into what authorities are investigating as a possible extortion case because they were concerned that the supervisor was suggesting they do something illegal, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.
Jew had approached the operators and told them they might have permit problems, but that he could help, an unidentified representative of the Quickly chain told the newspaper.
The FBI declined to comment.
Jew has said the owners were already having permit problems, that they came to him, and that all he wanted out of the deal was a charitable donation to a playground fund in his district.
When Jew sent the fund a $10,000 check this month, two weeks after FBI agents went through his office, homes and business, the group sent it back, the newspaper reported.
The newspaper cited an unidentified law enforcement source close to the case as confirming that the cash had come from the FBI.
Separately, the city attorney is investigating whether Supervisor Ed Jew actually lives in the district he represents.
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