Former Filipino WWII advocate pleads guilty to racketeering

SAN FRANCISCO -The popular California politician known for advocating for the rights of Filipino World War II veterans during his term may be headed to jail.

Leland Yee, who pleaded guilty before a federal court Wednesday morning to felony racketeering charge may face up to a possible 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on October 21st.

Yee previously pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and other felony charges.

But he changed his plea.

Yee was arrested in March of 2014 and initially was charged with accepting $62,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents.

An FBI affidavit shows that Yee was trying to help an undercover agent get high-powered weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines.


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  • Melba
    1 July 2015 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Lock him up. He gives public servants a bad name