SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco city commissioner and two other people accepted $20,000 from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political access and preferential treatment in the awarding of city contracts, prosecutors said Friday.
District Attorney George Gascon said his office charged former city commissioner Nazly Mohajer, former city employee Zula Jones and political consultant Keith Jackson with four counts of bribery each.
They have also been charged with money laundering.
Gascon declined to release any additional details about the allegations. He cited a federal protective order.
"All I can tell you is that we have been investigating irregularities in local government for quite some time," Gascon said, noting the investigation was continuing.
Jackson pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge last year as part of a federal probe that also ensnared state Sen. Leland Yee and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.
Chow's attorney, Curtis Briggs, said in a court filing in Chow's case that the FBI alleged that Jones and Mohajer solicited bribes for Mayor Ed Lee.
Briggs cited documents turned over to him by the government as part of the process of mounting a defense for his client as the source of the FBI allegation.
Lee has denied the allegation. He has not been charged with a crime.
"Mayor Lee is deeply disturbed by the alleged criminal activities of Mr. Jackson, Ms. Jones and Ms. Mohajer and strongly condemns them," Christine Falvey, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said. "There is absolutely no place in San Francisco for this corruption."
It was not clear whether Jackson and Mohajer had attorneys. Gascon said they had not been arrested and were being given a chance to turn themselves in.
A woman who picked up the phone at the office of Jackson's attorney in his federal case said the attorney, James Brosnahan, was not representing Jackson on the state charges.
A call to a law firm representing Jones was not immediately returned.