A Cupertino man, Serge Gee, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal custody for laundering over $1.5 million for an undercover officer posing as a New York mob figure. Gee’s involvement was with the San Francisco-based Ghee Kung Tong criminal organization led by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer handed down the sentence on August 15. Gee had pleaded guilty in April to money laundering charges.
Prosecutors argued for a 34-month sentence, stating that Gee was brought into the money laundering conspiracy by his mother, Elaine Liang, who operated a drug distribution network spanning New York, Georgia, and Massachusetts. However, they acknowledged that Gee willingly returned to face the charges. The undercover FBI agent portrayed the funds being laundered as originating from illegal activities such as gambling, bookmaking, sports betting, drugs, and marijuana grows.
Gee’s attorney highlighted his client’s difficult upbringing and relatively limited involvement in criminal activities compared to his co-defendants. Other individuals implicated in the case included former state Sen. Leland Yee and Alameda County District Attorney inspector, both involved in crimes such as murder and drug sales. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was one of the main targets of the FBI’s investigation.
Under Judge Breyer’s order, Gee is allowed to remain out of jail until November 13, after which he must report to the Bureau of Prisons to begin his sentence.