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clock May 18, 2007 11:56 pm US/Pacific

Caught On Tape: FBI Raids SF Supervisor's Office

(CBS 5) SAN FRANCISCO Nearly a dozen FBI agents searched inside the City Hall office of San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew late Friday in connection with a federal and potentially criminal investigation.

Agents spent hours inside Jew's office Friday afternoon and removed several items, including reportedly a computer and some records. The FBI would not say exactly what was seized.

An FBI spokesperson told CBS 5 that the search of Jew's office involved potential federal criminal charges and evidence was gathered; the search warrants in the case were under seal by order of a federal judge.

Agents also searched the Canton Flower Shop, which Jew owns in the city's Chinatown, as well as a home in the district he represents.

Jew did not return CBS 5's calls for comment, but he told radio station KCBS by phone: "I'm cooperating with (investigators) ... to find a solution to this. My honest opinion (is) I think it's all about merchants in my district that are feuding, so I got entangled in between them."

Jew is a first-term member of the Board of Supervisors, representing the Sunset district. He was elected in November 2006.


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