SF Public Works Director Arrested on Corruption Charges

San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, 57, has been arrested on federal corruption charges. FBI agents apprehended Nuru on Jan. 21 for a series of alleged bribery schemes. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

One of the alleged bribery schemes involved San Francisco restaurant owner Nick Bovis. He too was arrested by federal authorities. A 75-page complaint claims the two men conspired to bribe an SFO commissioner to help Bovis secure an airport contract for one of his restaurants.

Another allegation "accuses Nuru of feeding Bovis inside information on a city contract to provide portable toilets and ‘tiny homes' for homeless San Franciscans," KQED reports. "Yet another says the Public Works director got contractors doing work for the city to work on a vacation home in the Colusa County community of Stonyford.’”

A copy of the complaint is available here.

Nuru and Bovis are currently out on $2 million bail and are due back in court on Feb. 6.

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