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Feds charge former Recology VP with bribery in Mohammed Nuru case

The acting United States Attorney for Northern District of California today charged former Recology vice president John Porter with bribing ousted Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru. Porter is the second former exec at Recology, the company with a voter-granted monopoly on hauling San Francisco’s waste, to be facing federal bribery charges.  Porter, 37, joins ex-Recology […]

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Feds charge Recology exec in purported Mohammed Nuru bribery scheme

Nuru, Recology allegedly conspired to raise SF customers’ garbage rates, while taking $1 million The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday charged a former Recology executive, Paul Giusti, with money laundering and bribery — charges stemming from what prosecutors describe as a long-running bribe of embattled former Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru in order to […]

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Garbage time: Recology was the major donor to Mohammed Nuru’s nonprofit slush fund

City, customer payments to Recology waste collection company spiked during period when it was contributing heavily to Nuru-controlled account  Nuru’s boss was aware of his dodgy fundraising activities, report states Before they formed Monty Python, John Cleese and Graham Chapman had a program called At Last, the 1948 Show. The joke: It was 1967. No […]

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‘Friends of’ Nuru: Report details alleged pay-to-play scheme

The San Francisco Controller’s Office on Thursday recommended a slew of measures to prevent city departments from engaging in “pay-to-play” schemes through “non-city” entities — schemes that Mohammed Nuru, the embattled former Public Works boss and accused federal criminal, allegedly mastered.  In a detailed assessment released Thursday, the Controller homed in on the San Francisco Parks […]

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Tractor bribe: Feds charge two more contractors in Mohammed Nuru case

Contractor Balmore Hernandez to join restaurateur Nick Bovis, permit expediter Walter Wong in cooperating with feds’ case vs. Mohammed Nuru Also: Woman charged with lying about gifting Nuru gold Rolex worth nearly $40,000 set to plead guilty The United States Department of Justice today unsealed charges against Alan Varela and William Gilmartin, alleging that the […]

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Accused serial forger worked to construct ‘Nuru’s Penthouse’ office tower

San Francisco has spawned so many interconnected local and federal corruption probes that it’s beginning to feel a bit like Law & Order. The (ostensible) original has, by now, branched into half a dozen or more iterations, all unfolding in the same procedural style, all traveling similar arcs, and all populated by frequent crossover characters […]

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Mohammed Nuru investigation: Public Works awarded $10.5M worth of contracts with ‘no discernible selection process’ — two went to Walter Wong’s companies

Report: Mayor Ed Lee in 2011 granted Mohammed Nuru oversight of himself. Over the course of two-and-a-half years, San Francisco Public Works signed some $10.5 million in contracts using “no discernible selection process” — a disturbing discovery even if Public Works’ longtime director, Mohammed Nuru, wasn’t facing federal corruption charges. Mission Local has learned that […]

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Feds level charges against Walter Wong in latest salvo of ongoing Mohammed Nuru probe

The strange and terrible saga of Mohammed Nuru continued to unfold today, as Department of Justice and FBI officials announced charges against longtime city permit expediter and contractor Walter Wong. U.S. Attorney Dave Anderson announced that Wong has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money-laundering, and work with […]

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Mohammed Nuru case: Three more hit with federal charges, including Sandra Zuniga — mayoral staffer and ‘GIRLFRIEND 1’

The Department of Justice on Monday afternoon announced it had filed charges against three more individuals stemming from the January arrest and arraignment of former Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis on allegations of fraud and public corruption.  Among the three names announced today was that of Sandra Zuniga, the former director […]

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Department of Building Inspection head Tom Hui suspended: Allegations of wrongdoing stretching back to 2011 uncovered during City Attorney probe of Mohammed Nuru

Sources within the Department of Building Inspection have told Mission Local that director Tom Hui “literally stood over people’s shoulders” to force out the controversial 555 Fulton Street project “sooner than it should’ve been done.”  And, today, he may be facing the consequences.  Hui was ensnared in City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s probe of criminally charged […]

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Mohammed Nuru’s penthouse: How San Francisco’s criminally charged ex-Public Works boss elbowed his way into a corner office

“In government,” says a longtime city mover and shaker, “real estate is king. And your office is important.”  Former public works boss Mohammed Nuru, who for 20 years served as the right arm of five mayors until his January arrest on federal fraud charges, never had the office he felt was his due.  “It was […]

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Mohammed Nuru investigation: City Attorney fires off 14 subpoenas — Chinese billionaire developer Zhang Li and permit expediter Walter Wong targeted

In the latest salvo stemming from the FBI’s arrest of ex-Public Works boss Mohammed Nuru, City Attorney Dennis Herrera today disseminated 14 subpoenas. They target entities tied to the stalled 555 Fulton mixed-use project — which Nuru allegedly attempted to aid behind the scenes, in exchange for gifts lavished on him by the building’s Chinese […]