Paul Pelosi Jr., the son of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, has been caught up in a sixth FBI probe in a five-year investigation that includes the bribery of a San Francisco official in a corrupt real-estate venture involving a squalid flop house owned by his ex-girlfriend.
The at-length investigation is now focusing on an indicted building permit fixer who allegedly bribed a city official. The plot allegedly involved nixing permit violations on Pelosi Jr.’s ex-girlfriend’s property referred to as “The Pit.”
Rodrigo Santos, who is the former president of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission and was a permit expeditor, was indicted for fraud in November, according to the Daily Mail. Prosecutors contend he arranged for clients to donate thousands of dollars to building inspector Bernie Curran’s favorite non-profit in exchange for permits. Both Santos and Curran deny any wrongdoing and are set to appear in court on February 4.
One of Santos’ clients wrote a check for $1,500 to the Golden Gate Youth Rugby Association in an apparent effort to sway Curran to remove violation notices against the dilapidated Mission District Hotel, better known to building inspectors as “The Pit.” The dump has a lengthy history of permit violations according to text messages obtained by federal investigators.
A number of Pelosi Jr.’s associates have been subpoenaed and interviewed including his ex-girlfriend, the building’s former owner, her attorney, and a consultant in the sale of the hotel. All of them assert that FBI agents questioned them about Pelosi Jr.’s involvement in the property.
Pelosi Jr. has admitted he was “helping remove the citations from the property” in a February 2019 report obtained by the Daily Mail.
The criminal complaint against Curran and Santos shows text messages that allegedly discuss the bribery scheme.
“I will forward the address to Curran. He will abate it,” Santos allegedly wrote to his client at the time. “Please drop off a check payable to Golden Gate Youth [Rugby] Association for $1k. Bernie’s nonprofit.”
“With pleasure,” the client responded and then sent Santos a picture of a $1,500 check with the message, “Made the donation and it is being sent today.” The check was never deposited by the club.
An anonymous building inspector told media outlet Mission Local that in 2018, Pelosi Jr. met with him and attempted to “get rid of Notices of Violation” on 1312 Utah Street where the hotel is located.
……Pelosi Jr. was also involved with five companies that were probed by federal agencies according to the Daily Mail. He allegedly has ties to or worked for a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers, and convicted criminals tied to scamming schemes.
This shit runs in the family. Nancy’s father was a crooked congressman, and her brother was arrested for raping an 11-year-old girl.
Pelosi and her husband were also caught up in the insider trading scandal.