FBI wiretap hints at Shipyard bid-rigging scheme as trial begins for indicted contractors

By Michael Barba : sfexaminer – excerpt

New transcripts of a phone call the FBI wiretapped during an investigation into San Francisco political corruption reveal an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving a contract for the development of the Hunters Point Shipyard.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed excerpts of the transcripts last week as new evidence in the fraud trial of Peter McKean and Clifton Burch, two local contractors who were among the many caught in the sweeping FBI investigation into Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow…

The trial, which opened in federal court on Monday, alleges that McKean, Burch and group of others conspired to cheat the competitive bidding process for a $5.6 million federal contract in Berkeley. Both contractors deny that any bid-rigging occured… (more)

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