San Francisco: City Attorney Issues Subpoenas Connected To Nuru Corruption Probe

Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, center, gestures as he leaves a federal courthouse with attorney Ismail Ramsey, right, in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The FBI arrested public works director Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis last week, saying the men schemed in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for prime restaurant space at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, center, gestures as he leaves a federal courthouse with attorney Ismail Ramsey, right, in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The FBI arrested public works director Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis last week, saying the men schemed in 2018 to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner for prime restaurant space at San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Wednesday he
has issued subpoenas to eight companies and organizations, including PG&E, in connection with a public corruption investigation.

The subpoenas were issued as part of an investigation into the federal criminal charges filed late last month against former Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru.

In addition to PG&E, Herrera has issued subpoenas to construction firms Webcor, Pankow, and Clark Construction; recycling company Recology; and nonprofits Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the San Francisco Clean City Coalition.

Because some of the companies have more than one corporate entity, the city attorney’s office has issued a total of 10 subpoenas.

Herrera alleges the companies and organizations were involved in funneling donations to city programs and events, including events like Public Works holiday parties.

“We’re following the facts, and we’re following the money,” he said in a statement. “We are going to follow evidence wherever it leads. We will get to the bottom of this. San Franciscans deserve no less.”

FBI agents arrested Nuru along with Lefty O’Doul’s restaurant owner Nick Bovis on Jan. 27 in connection with an alleged scheme to attempt to bribe a San Francisco International Airport commissioner for help to obtain a restaurant concession. They’ve each been charged with honest services wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors also allege Nuru engaged in four more corrupt schemes in 2018 and 2019 and Bovis participated in two of them. However, those alleged schemes never came to fruition.

In a second criminal complaint, Nuru has also been charged with lying to the FBI.

Herrera said one of the alleged corrupt schemes may have involved city contractors Webcor, Pankow and Recology funneling money through Bovis’ children’s baseball charity Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids, in order to pay for a $30,000 Public Works staff holiday party.

In another alleged corrupt scheme, Nuru is believed to have provided Bovis with inside information on a city project involving portable bathroom toilets. Public Works ultimately awarded a $171,000 contract was to a Bovis-related entity named SMTM Technology LLC.

According to Herrera’s office, the city has since terminated that contract. Additionally, Herrera’s office is working to review and identify any other contracts with Public Works or city departments possibly involved in the alleged schemes described by federal prosecutors.

Following the arrest of Nuru, Mayor London Breed requested an investigation by Herrera’s office along with the Controller’s Office into public corruption.