United States: SFPUC chief charged with accepting bribes in alleged City Hall corruption scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged San Francisco Public Utilities Commission chief Harlan Kelly for allegedly accepting bribes from a contractor — taking international trips, free meals and jewellry in exchange for insider information on city contracts.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced the criminal complaint against Kelly on Monday, shortly after the FBI served a search warrant and removed boxes from his San Francisco home. Kelly resigned as general manager Monday, according to a statement issued by Mayor London Breed.

Kelly is married to City Administrator Naomi Kelly, who oversees more than two dozen city departments.

The charge is the latest development in a still-expanding corruption scandal at City Hall that began with the arrest of former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru in January. The U.S. attorney’s office charged Nuru with fraud and with lying to the FBI. Since his arrest, a slew of others, including city contractors, have also faced criminal charges for allegedly participating in schemes to get favourable treatment on contracts. Multiple city department heads have been forced to resign.

The original full article can be found at sfchronicle.com

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