FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrest to the Los Angeles Times but declined to provide information on possible charges. Yee, a Democrat who is also running for California secretary of state, was expected to appear in a federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco at 1:30 p.m.
Also arrested was Raymond Chow, a well-known San Francisco Chinatown figure who has been connected over the years to the criminal gang Wo Hop To. Chow, also known as “Shrimp Boy,” has faced federal charges in the past.
FBI agents searched Yee’s state Senate office this morning.