He was more like a forceful brute," said Ignatius Chinn, a former California Department of Justice agent who spent years investigating Chow in the early 1990s.
didn't get his
would just beat the door down and that was how we put cases on him."
ultimately was convicted of gun charges and sentenced to 25 years to life in the 1990s, Chow cut a deal to win release and returned Chinatown several years ago, pledging to stay straight.
work with at-risk youth soon won accolades from prominent politicians.
But the complaint alleges that Chow used his
position as the dragonhead of the Ghee Kung Tong
to launder money, receive and transport stolen property and traffic in contraband cigarettes during a FBI sting.
"This is a very active criminal enterprise, and we won't see this one very busy for the near future," Chinn
Yee's allies, however, questioned why the senator had been targeted in the elaborate sting and cautioned that he
was innocent until proven guilty.