In newly revealed documents released by the FBI, Nancy Pelosi’s son identified himself as owner of a flophouse related to a fraud and bribery scheme investigated by the FBI.
Those documents show that Paul Pelosi Jr. signed an acknowledgment that he was the property owner, ‘the party legally and financially responsible for this proposed construction activity’, and has agreed to ‘abide by all applicable laws and requirements that govern Owner-Builders as well as employers.’
In this case, Pelosi Jr., 53, applied for the same permits for which Curran and ‘permits expeditor’ Rodrigo Santos were indicted.
Pelosi Jr. signed the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) form and dated it on December 7, 2017, which is a ‘smoking gun’ proving his close links to the high-profile criminal prosecution of public corruption.
Santana and Curran are due to appear in a San Francisco federal court this week.
Prosecutors claim Santos partnered with Curran’s favorite non-profit – a rugby club – for thousands of dollars in exchange for the city to ignore violations of their buildings and turn a blind eye to denying permits. According to the charges, one of them, Client 9, gave the club a $1,500 check so that it could help remove the violations from the filthy ‘hotel residence’ on Utah Street.
A federal agent in San Francisco interviewed Pelosi Jr. over his hotel which used to be owned by his ex-girlfriend Karena Apple Feng, as revealed last week.
His identity as the mysterious Client 9 has already been suggested. This new evidence only increases the speculation.
Federal prosecutors allege that in text messages obtained by the feds, Santos and Client 9 discussed bribing Curran’s favorite charity to expedite the permit process.
‘I will forward the address to Curran. He will abate it,’ it is claimed Santos wrote to his client back in September of 2017.
‘Please drop off a check payable to Golden Gate Youth [Rugby] Association for $1k. Bernie’s nonprofit.’
‘With pleasure,’ Client 9 responded, and shortly thereafter sent Santos a picture of a $1,500 check and the message: ‘made the donation and it is being sent today.’
No action was taken against the club, and it has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Client 9 sent $1,500 instead of the suggested $1,000, however, it is unclear why.
Prosecutors’ charging documents say that Client 9 is ‘an individual working on behalf of the owners of the property located on the 1300 block of Utah Street.’
The DBI system listed one permit for that address signed off by Curran on December 7, 2017 – and its application number coincides with Pelosi Jr.’s number on the ‘smoking gun’ documents obtained by reporters.
These documents are the latest piece of evidence that shows it is extremely likely that Pelosi Jr. is Client 9.
The 61-year-old Curran told reporters that he was introduced to Pelosi Jr. by Santos who told him he ran with Pelosi Jr.
Pelosi Jr. met with an anonymous building inspector several times in 2018 and was asking him to ‘get rid of Notices of Violation’ on the property at 1312-1314 Utah Street, according to the news website Mission Local.
The FBI began investigating Pelosi Jr.’s involvement in the Utah Street property in 2017, according to his ex-girlfriend Nicole Bulick, 46. He was interviewed three times.
Naveen Singha, who served as Pelosi Jr.’s consultant in the sale of 1312 Utah Street, told The Washington Post in May 2019 that federal agents had interviewed him about the Speaker’s son.
As for Karena Feng, the former owner of 1312 Utah Street, she said she was interviewed several times by the same agents over the course of several months, regarding Paul Pelosi Jr.’s role in the property.
Subpoenas and emails prove their claims.
An investigation earlier this month revealed that Pelosi Jr., 53, had been implicated in five previous federal investigations. This is the sixth federal criminal investigation Pelosi Jr. has been named in.
Pelosi Jr.’s December 2017 DBI form ties him to an alleged criminal scheme as well as raises questions about how he came to own (or own part of) the multimillion-dollar building.
In 2019, Feng, who had been dating Pelosi Jr., sued him for conspiring with a now-convicted criminal lawyer and a fraudulent realtor to steal the property from her.
Pelosi Jr. and the others denied the claims; Feng’s case was dismissed in 2020 on technical grounds; the plaintiff has not filed again.
The contract in which Feng sold the property for $4million in 2015 was recorded as having Pelosi Jr. as the agent, but she claimed that her signature was forged.
A flophouse owned by Feng’s company, Feng RE Inc, listed him as chief financial officer in 2015.
A Pelosi Jr. email to Feng in August 2016 claimed he owned 20 percent of Feng RE.
In 2018, however, Mission Local contacted him about the property and he lied, initially denying ownership of it.
‘It’s not my business,’ he responded to the paper. ‘I never got paid. I never expected to get paid.’
Upon being confronted with documents showing he had served as an officer of the company, he is reported to have changed his story to the paper, claiming Feng offered him 20 percent equity in the building on his birthday – a statement that directly contradicts his claims in his 2016 email to Feng.
When Pelosi Jr. was contacted to comment on the matter he answered and said that he had another call coming in and then hung up. He hasn’t replied to any emails.
In addition to the Utah Street permits, prosecutors say Santos arranged for Curran to push through permits for other properties for his clients by bribing city officials.
Neither Curran nor Santos admits to wrongdoing. Both are due back in court on February 4.
The recently fired building inspector is enraged and says he knew nothing about the alleged scheme or charitable checks made by Santos, and that he has acted ethically throughout his entire career.