The head of the Chee Kung Tong, a fraternal organization in Chinatown which police say has a criminal faction, says he’s turned his life around.
“Chow is a rare example of accountability and non-violence in modern-day San Francisco,” his attorney Tony Serra wrote in a court filing.
“Throughout the last decade Chow has tirelessly used his past mistakes to help the San Francisco community to be a safer place,” said Serra.
Serra contends Chow has been a changed man since serving a prison sentence earlier in his life.
He says his client is committed to helping Chinese assimilate into the community.
Chow faces ten charges, including seven counts for money laundering.
A bail hearing has been set for June 11.
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