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Former San Francisco Chief Convicted of Fraud in Extensive Federal Corruption Probe, Joining a Wave of City Officials Taken Down

In a significant blow to the city’s integrity, a former San Francisco chief has been found guilty of fraud as part of a far-reaching federal corruption investigation. 

FORMER SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF HARLAN KELLY CONVICTED ON MULTIPLE FRAUD CHARGES IN DAMAGING BLOW TO CITY’S INTEGRITY

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The former San Francisco chief, Harlan Kelly, who is also the ex head honcho of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, has been hit with a devastating blow—guilty on six out of eight charges. This is a major stain on his reputation, as these charges stem from not just one, but two fraudulent schemes. The jury stood firmly behind the prosecutors, accusing the ex San Francisco chief of shamelessly trying to rig a city streetlight contract in exchange for personal perks like discounted construction work on his own property and some shady gifts on the side. And if that wasn’t enough, the former San Francisco chief also been found guilty of pulling a fast one on a lender, scoring a jaw-dropping $1.3 million loan through deceptive means.

SAN FRANCISCO CHIEF CONVICTED OF FRAUD, ADDING TO LIST OF CITY OFFICIALS IMPLICATED IN CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION

Former Chief Found Guilty of Fraudulent Schemes
(Constantine Cannon)

The news could have come at a worse time for the ex San Francisco chief, who now faces an uncertain future as his sentencing date remains up in the air. However, his attorney is not one to back down easily, vowing to fight tooth and nail by challenging the convictions or even appealing the verdicts for the former San Francisco chief. The legal battle ahead of the San Francisco chief of the past promises to be intense and adds an extra layer of complexity to an already sprawling corruption investigation that has sent shockwaves rippling through the city. With several high-ranking officials and bigwigs caught in the crossfire, the fallout from this extensive probe is casting a dark cloud over the city.

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