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FBI raids home of Oakland, CA Mayor Sheng Thao and others

By Randall Yip, Executive Editor

(Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include the IRS)

The FBI raided the homes of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao today along with one other belonging to Andy Duong whose family owns California Waste Solutions. In addition, the IRS confirmed its agents participated in a raid of a building that houses an office of the recycling company.

The early morning raid of the Mayor’s house occurred at around 6 a.m., awakening a retired San Diego police officer who was visiting family.

The raid on Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao's home awoke Llanina  Rosalia Medina
Lianina Rosalia Medina, AsAmNews Photo

“To hear something of that nature going on right next to me is incredibly alarming,” Llanina (Nina) Rosalia Medina, Western Regional Vice president of the National Latino Police Officers Association, said to AsAmNews. “I heard a male voice demanding entry. “’Open the door, open the door,”’ she said the agent screamed.

She would later discover that FBI agents wearing gloves were going in and out of the home and would later leave with boxes of evidence.

FBI agents leave the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao.
Courtesy: ABC7 News/KGO-TV. Agents leave the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao

Just a couple of miles away, agents also raided the home of Andy Duong, the son of David Duong who owns California Waste Solutions. A neighbor who asked not to be named said Andy Duong has held numerous political fundraisers at his home.

“I heard a loud boom,” said another neighbor to AsAmNews. Boom, boom, boom. They blocked the cul-de-sac. No one could get in.”

The activity stunned the normally quiet neighborhood. AsAmNews also talked to another resident who also declined to give his name.

He described Duong as “a nice fellow. He’s outgoing.” The two have exchanged gifts as did another neighbor we spoke with.

In addition, a special agent with the criminal investigation unit of the IRS told AsAmNews by email, “I can only confirm I was conducting official business at 1211 Embarcadero, Oakland CA earlier this afternoon. 

That address houses an office for California Waste Solutions and the Vietnamese American Business Association.

The Mayor’s office declined to comment and asked us to speak with the FBI. A spokesperson for the FBI said “I am unable to comment on the matter.”

ABC7 News reported that the FBI also raided the home of David and Linda Duong. Sources tell ABC7 the raid involves the IRS and the US Postal Service.

AsAmNews could not confirm that information, but have reached out to the IRS and U.S. Postal Service for additional information.

The raid on Thao’s home caps off a horrible week for her. Earlier this week, the Registrar of Voters confirmed enough signatures had been collected to place a recall of Thao on the ballot. Recall proponents point to her handling of the city budget, the firing of Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong and crime in the city which has actually been declining.

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