Federal authorities charged San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and high-profile restaurateur Nick Bovis with fraud Tuesday following a months-long public corruption probe. The schemes involved an envelope of cash, fraudulent city contracts, improper gifts from a Chinese developer and a $2,000 bottle of wine, according to authorities. FBI agents on Monday arrested Nuru, 57, and Bovis, 56, at their Bay Area homes before unsealing a federal complaint Tuesday for one charge of wire fraud. Nuru is separately charged with lying to the FBI after initially being arrested on Jan. 21 and being told to keep quiet about the investigation. “The complaint alleges corruption pouring into San Francisco from around the world,” said David Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Anderson accused Nuru of “corruption, bribery kickbacks and side-deals by one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking public employees.” U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson (left) speaks during a press conference about the law enforcement action regarding Mohammed Nuru and Nick Bovis at the Office of the United States Attorney as John Bennett (right), Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation stands next to him on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in San… Read full this story
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