A federal judge meted out the first sentence in San Francisco’s public corruption scandal on Thursday, giving a millionaire entrepreneur a year-and-a-day term behind bars after she admitted to plying a former top city official with a $37,000 Rolex in exchange for favorable bid treatment.
The scandal broke last year and has since snared several top level city officials as well as a number of contractors. One of them was Florence Kong, who over three decades built up a $10 million recycling and steel fabrication empire in the city’s Bayview.
She left poverty in Hong Kong to come to the U.S. at age 33, later launching both SFR Recovery
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