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Marking the next step in a sweeping FBI operation that has implicated suspended Sen. Leland Yee, a federal grand jury has indicted Yee and 28 others.

The indictment charges Yee with honest services conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to deal in and import firearms. If convicted on all counts, Yee faces a sentence of 125 years in federal prison and $1.75 million in potential fines.

Also indicted were Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco School Board member and Yee fundraiser who surfaces throughout an FBI affidavit (wire fraud, engaging in business of dealing in firearms narcotics conspiracy, murder for hire, conspiracy to deal in and import firearms) and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a former convict who had publicly touted having reformed and re-invented himself (money laundering conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes, conspiracy to transport and receive stolen property in interstate commerce).

In a press release accompanying the indictment, the office of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag hints at the scope of the investigation that ensnared Yee and a cavalcade of alleged gangsters. The release references a five-year effort jointly undertaken by the FBI, the Internal Revenue and the police departments of San Francisco, Oakland and Antioch.

The indictment includes three people who were not among the 26 complainants in last week's affidavit.

Those are Barry Blackwell House, known as "Barry Black," who faces weapons counts, including being a felon in possession of a firearm; and Zhanghao Wu and Tong Zao Zhang, who face charges of trafficking in stolen cigarettes.

PHOTO: In this March 2011 photo, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, center, poses with state Sen. Leland Yee, right, and then-state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, left, at the Chee Kung Tong spring banquet in San Francisco. Associated Press/Sing Tao Daily.


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