Sacramento, CA — State Senator Leland Yee was arrested during a series of FBI raids this morning.
The FBI confirmed the arrest, but declined to give further details because it is an ongoing investigation. Officials raided offices in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is a candidate for the Secretary of State. As reported previously, he was at an event in Twain Harte this past August that also featured Secretary of State candidates Alex Padilla and Derek Cressman.
The Associated Press reports that a second man, Raymond Chow, was also arrested during today’s raids. Chow was reportedly the head of a fraternal organization in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Chow had returned to Chinatown after serving time in prison on gun charges.
According to Yee’s website, the Senator was just recognized this past Thursday by the Society for Professional Journalists for efforts to bring greater transparency to government.