One of San Francisco’s highest-ranking city officials, whose job it was to keep the streets of the City by the Bay neat, orderly, and hygienic, has been arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s public works director, was taken into custody Monday and charged with felony safekeeping, according to Mercury News. Nick Bovis, a local bar owner, was arrested on similar charges.
The Northern District of California’s Office of the U.S. Attorney alleges that the duo was part of a wire fraud scheme.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the two attempted to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner with money and other incentives in order to open a restaurant in the San Francisco International Airport.
“The complaint describes a web of corruption involving bribery, kickbacks, and side deals by one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking city employees,” U.S. Attorney David Anderson said in a news release.
“The public is entitled to honest work from public officials, free from manipulation for the official’s own personal benefit and profit.”
WesternJournal report: To add on that, the public is also entitled to functioning streets and sidewalks — something their tax dollars help pay for.
The condition of San Francisco’s streets seems to hint that Nuru may have been more interested in lining his own pockets than keeping the city he worked for clean and healthy.
Nuru, who goes by MrCleanSF on his active Twitter account, oversees a department that has been largely ineffective in keeping San Francisco’s sidewalks clear of human waste and other unhealthy things.