FBI San Francisco
San Francisco Media Office
September 17, 2020

FBI San Francisco Announces New Charges, Plea Deals in San Francisco City Hall Corruption Investigation

My name is Sid Patel, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Division.

Today’s announcement is part of a complex, ongoing FBI investigation into public corruption in San Francisco city government. I want to thank our dedicated agents and analysts for their tireless work on this case—especially during this challenging time.

I also want to thank our federal partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and IRS for their collaborative efforts to ensure any individual or company involved in this scheme are brought to justice

While our investigation is ongoing, I hope the resolutions of this case help restore confidence in our city governments for Bay Area residents. San Francisco City Hall can and will function without the influence of the corruption we have seen unravel in this case.

The FBI will continue to prioritize investigating and disrupting corruption in the City of San Francisco. We have reinforced the team addressing this priority matter and we will continue to aggressively pursue this issue as long as the threat persists.

Lastly, I want to thank the Police Departments in Burlingame and Hillsborough who provided significant assistance during our arrest operations of Mr. Hernandez and Ms. Kong in June of this year.

Throughout this investigation, we have had invaluable assistance of many partner agencies. Without their help, our success would have not been possible.