Prosecutors Charge San Francisco Public Works Director With Corruption

On January 29, federal prosecutors filed corruption charges against San Francisco Department of Public Works Director Muhammad Nuru, alleging that he accepted money and gifts in exchange for approving taxpayer-funded contracts. “The complaint alleges corruption pouring into San Francisco from around the world,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson said.

The federal authorities alleged that Nuru used his government position to work with a billionaire developer in China who was putting together a project in San Francisco, and that in exchange for travel, lodging, alcohol – including a $2,070 bottle of French wine – and other gifts, Nuru promised to manipulate the building and inspection process. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, January 29.)

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