California Senator Yee Faces Charges for Bribery and Racketeering
On Thursday, California Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, pleaded not to be held guilty for previous charge of bribery and also to a new count of racketeering.
It has been said that Yee demanded money in exchange of providing help for passing legislation, creating a hurdle for professional footballers to get workers compensation in California.
Authorities alleged that on May 17, 2013, an undercover FBI agent had a meeting with Yee and political adviser Keith Jackson. Main aim of the meeting was to discuss the pending legislation that is stopping outside state players from applying for the claims in the state.
During the meeting, Yee said that he controlled two votes. The agent even said that he has good terms with an unidentified NFL owner. In response, Yee asked the agent to tell the owner about the influence he has with the bill. He even asked the agent to tell the owner to contact him and also gave an option to help.
When the agent asked about how much the vote would cost, Yee responded, "Oh no … we gotta drag it out, man. We gotta juice this thing". As per the indictment, Yee and Jackson had a talk of contacting NFL players and other owners.
A month later, the undercover agent met Jackson and told that the owner would pay $60,000. Jackson told about the offer to Yee during telephonic conversation and Yee approved the deal. In the committee, Yee voted for the bill, but when the full Senate passed it then he withdrew his vote.
Earlier this year, Yee was arrested but now, he is free on $500,000 bail. If he gets convicted of the charges against him, then he can face imprisonment of maximum 20 years.
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