One of San Francisco’s highest ranking officials is facing federal corruption charges along with a well-known restaurateur. San Franciso Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru is alleged to have provided Lefty O’Douls and Gold Dust Lounge owner Nick Bovis with inside information to give him an unfair advantage in awarding of contracts. Both men appeared in federal court Tuesday.
San Francisco Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru and restaurateur Nick Bovis are both charged in a criminal complaint with honest services wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to bribe a San Francisco Airport Commissioner.
The alleged bribe was for $5,000 and free travel in exchange for the commissioner’s assistance to win a bid for the right to run a restaurant at SFO. Nuru allegedly hoped to receive benefits later by assisting Bovis and others to get the airport contract.
ABC7 News has learned San Francisco International Airport Commissioner Linda Crayton has submitted her resignation to the mayor’s office on Wednesday, according to her attorney. Her attorney tells ABC7 News Reporter Melanie Woodrow she is resigning due to health issues.
In a letter sent to Mayor London Breed, Crayton writes:
In a statement to ABC7 News, Crayton writes:
“I am stepping down from the Airport Commission because my health problems are simply too severe, and my treatment regimen too demanding, to continue.
Moreover, given the alarming revelations this week, I do not want to be a distraction for the City, the Airport, the Commission or our wonderful staff.
But I do want to reiterate what is made clear in the federal complaint released yesterday: I played no part in any contracting scheme. Period.
I have always sought to do what’s right for the City that I love, and it was among my greatest honors to be able to serve.”
According to a criminal complaint, Crayton did not accept a $5,000 cash bribe or free trip from San Francisco Department of Public Works Director Mohammad Nuru or restaurateur Nick Bovis in exchange for granting Bovis a restaurant bid at SFO.
Nuru and Bovis have been indicted on federal charges. On Tuesday, Crayton told Woodrow by phone, “My integrity means a lot to me.”
Supervisor Aaron Peskin questions Crayton’s words as detailed in the criminal complaint.
“While it is absolutely true that a sitting city commissioner did not take a cash bribe, the words that were recorded are beyond unethical and inappropriate. It is conduct that is not becoming of a city officer which an airport commissioner is,” he said.
Peskin had planned to publicly call for Crayton’s resignation before learning she would submit it.
Crayton’s attorney, Randall Knox, issued a statement:
“Linda Crayton has served the Airport Commission for the City and County of San Francisco since 1996, through the administrations of Mayors Brown, Newsom, Lee, Farrell and Breed. She has always considered her integrity, openness and access to the public as fundamental to her public service.
Even before the recent investigation into the bidding process at SFO, Linda was enduring personal health issues that required extensive medical treatment.
Linda is innocent of any wrongdoing and she intends to cooperate fully with authorities if asked.
Because of concerns for her health, Linda has decided to discontinue her service on the Airport Commission and she has submitted her letter of resignation to Mayor London Breed. Linda appreciates the importance of the Airport Commission and understands the need to remove any distractions and to allow the appointment of her successor to ensure a quorum of Commissioners necessary to serve the City.”
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