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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Eight Defendants Sentenced To Prison For Crimes Charged In Shrimp Boy Indictment

SAN FRANCISCO- Defendants Leslie Yun, James Pau, Rinn Roeun, Kevin Siu, Michael Mei, Elaine Liang, Tina Liang, and Barry House were sentenced for crimes committed in connection with the same indictment that eventually led to the trial and conviction of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.  The sentences were handed down yesterday by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge, after the defendants each pleaded guilty to their respective roles in a scheme that resulted in a 230-count Second Superseding indictment filed by a federal grand jury on January 29, 2015.    

The Second Superseding indictment charged Chow and 28 other individuals with crimes including money laundering, drug trafficking, trafficking in stolen liquor, firearms trafficking, and a host of other offenses.  In addition, seventeen of the defendants were charged with conspiring to use a San Francisco Chinatown-based organization, the Chee Kung Tong, or CKT, to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity.  At yesterday’s sentencing, Judge Breyer announced his finding that the government demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that a part of the membership of CKT had engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise as alleged in the Second Superseding indictment.  In addition, Judge Breyer found that seven defendants—George Nieh, Leslie Yun, James Yat Wah Pau, Michael Mei, Elaine Liang, Tina Liang, and Kevin Siu—conspired with that enterprise.  

The Second Superseding indictment was amended and eventually led to the trial and January 8, 2016, conviction of Raymond Chow, 56, of San Francisco.  The jury found Chow guilty of every one of the 162 charges leveled against him.

Each defendant sentenced yesterday pleaded guilty prior to the Chow trial to crimes alleged in the Second Superseding indictment.  In most cases, the defendant pleaded guilty to fewer than all the charges pending against that defendant.  The offenses to which the defendants did not plead guilty remain pending.  As to all such charges, the Second Superseding indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Judge Breyer handed down these defendants’ sentences as set out below:

Defendant

Age/ Residence

Charged in the Second Superseding Indictment

Crimes to Which the Defendant Pleaded Guilty

Sentence Imposed/ Charges pending

Leslie Yun

51/Oakland

18 U.S.C. § 1962

conspiracy to engage in RICO (1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)(A) money laundering

(34 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes

(3 counts)

 

21 U.S.C. § 846 Possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana

(2 counts)

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)(A) 

(5 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

(3 counts)

 

21 U.S.C. § 846

(3 counts)

84 months in prison

 

18 U.S.C.

§ 1962

James Pau

58/Oakland

18 U.S.C. § 1962

conspiracy to engage in RICO

(1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)(A) money laundering

(18 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

conspiracy to traffic contraband cigarettes (2 counts)

 

21 U.S.C. § 846

Possession, manufacture and distribution of marijuana

(1 count)

18 U.S.C. § 371

(2 counts)

72 months in prison

 

All other charges remain pending

Rinn Roeun

34/San Francisco

18 U.S.C. § 922(a) weapons trafficking

(4 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

conspiracy to trafficking in weapons

(1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 1958

murder for hire

(1 count)

18 U.S.C. § 922(a)

(2 counts)

72 months in prison

All other charges remain pending

Barry House

48/Pittsburg CA

18 U.S.C. § 922(a) weapons trafficking

(2 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

conspiracy to trafficking in weapons

(1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

felon in possession

(2 counts)

18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)

(1 count)

48 months in prison

 

All other charges remain pending

Michael Mei

33/San Francisco

18 U.S.C. § 1962 conspiracy to engage in RICO

(1 count)

 

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B) possession and manufacture of marijuana (2 counts)

21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B)

(2 counts)

60 months in prison

 

All other charges remain pending

Elaine Liang

55/San Francisco

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A) money laundering

(16 counts)

 

18 U.S.C. § 1962 conspiracy to engage in RICO

(1 count)

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A)

(1 count)

36 months in prison

 

All other charges remain pending

Tina Liang

43/San Francisco

18 U.S.C. § 1962 conspiracy to engage in RICO

(1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 371

conspiracy to transport stolen liquor

(1 count)

 

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) possession and manufacture of marijuana

18 U.S.C. § 371

(1 count)

21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)

(1 count)

18 months in prison

 

18 U.S.C.   § 1962 (one count) remains pending

 

All other charges remain pending

Kevin Siu

34/Daly City

18 U.S.C. § 1962 conspiracy to engage in RICO

(1 count)

 

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A) money laundering

(24 counts)

18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(A)

(8 counts)

12 months and 1 day in prison

 

All other charges remain pending

 

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Breyer sentenced each defendant identified above, except for Micheal Mei, to three years of supervised release.  Mei was sentenced to four years supervised release.  The last remaining defendant to be sentenced is George Nieh; Judge Breyer scheduled Nieh’s sentencing hearing for July 11, 2018.  

Assistant U.S. Attorneys William Frentzen, Susan Badger, S. Waqar Hasib, Kimberly Hopkins, and David Countryman prosecuted the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon, Kurk Kosek, Ana Guerra, Marina Ponomarchuk, Victoria Etterer, Lance Libatique, and Bridget Kilkenny.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Marshal Service, San Francisco Police Department Gang Task Force; Oakland Police Department; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; Antioch Police Department; New York Police Department; Mercer County New Jersey Sheriff's Office; and the San Francisco and Alameda County Sheriff’s Departments.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated January 9, 2018