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FBI documents show fraud probe of San Francisco power broker

April 10, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Newly released documents show the FBI investigated a prominent San Francisco lobbyist and Chinatown political power broker for three years before closing its fraud case as unverifiable.

The documents released Wednesday show the FBI opened its investigation of Rose Pak in 2005 after she qualified for a city affordable housing program that provided financing and condos at below-market rates to first-time homebuyers. The documents show Pak, a politically influential player at City Hall, owned two other San Francisco Bay Area homes.

The FBI closed the probe three years later after investigating Pak’s finances, tax returns and the city’s affordable housing program.

Most of the notes are interviews or testimony from witnesses who testified before a grand jury, but the FBI redacted the names.

Pak died in 2016 at 68.