Smoking gun documents tie Nancy Pelosi’s son to a fraud and bribery scheme
Nancy Pelosi‘s son listed himself as the owner of a flop house tied to a fraud and bribery scheme prosecuted by the FBI, in documents newly unearthed by DailyMail.com.
In the documents, Paul Pelosi Jr. signed statements that he was the property owner, ‘the party legally and financially responsible for this proposed construction activity’ and agreed to ‘abide by all applicable laws and requirements that govern Owner-Builders as well as employers.’
And they even show Pelosi Jr., 53, applying for one of the very same permits that building inspector Bernie Curran and ‘permits expeditor’ Rodrigo Santos have been indicted for.
The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) form, signed by Pelosi Jr. and dated December 7, 2017, is a ‘smoking gun’ that evidences the House Speaker’s son’s close links to the high-profile public corruption criminal case.
Curran and Santos are due in federal court in San Francisco this week.
DailyMail.com revealed last week Paul Pelosi Jr. is involved in an FBI investigation into San Francisco officials. He’s pictured with his mother, top Democrat Nancy Pelosi
Now DailyMail.com has obtained smoking gun documents that tie him to the fraud and bribery scheme. In one document, Pelosi signed statements that he was the property owner, ‘the party legally and financially responsible for this proposed construction activity’
Prosecutors claim Santos arranged for his clients to donate thousands of dollars to Curran’s favorite non-profit – a rugby club – in exchange for him turning a blind eye to violations and which would deny their buildings city permits. One such person, identified only as Client 9 in charging documents wrote a $1,500 check to the club to help remove violations from the squalid ‘residential hotel’ on Utah Street.
Last week DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Pelosi Jr. was interviewed by feds in San Francisco over the hotel which was owned by his former girlfriend Karena Apple Feng.
There was already some suggestion that he could be the mysterious Client 9. The discovery of the new documents heighten that speculation.
Text messages obtained by the feds allegedly show Santos and Client 9 brazenly discussing a bribe to Curran’s favorite charity to help grease the permit process.
‘I will forward the address to Curran. He will abate it,’ Santos, 63, allegedly wrote to his client in September 2017.
‘Please drop off a check payable to Golden Gate Youth [Rugby] Association for $1k. Bernie’s nonprofit.’
‘With pleasure,’ Client 9 replied, and later 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, and prosecutors have not accused it of any wrongdoing. It is unclear why Client 9 sent $1,500 rather than the suggested $1,000.
The charging documents describe Client 9 as ‘an individual working on behalf of the owners of the property located on the 1300 block of Utah Street’.
There is one permit in the DBI system at that address, signed off by Curran on December 7, 2017 – and the application number matches the number Pelosi Jr. wrote on his ‘smoking gun’ documents obtained by DailyMail.com, dated that same day.
The documents are the latest in a growing pile of evidence suggesting the Speaker’s son is Client 9.
Documents show Pelosi Jr., 53, applying for the very same permit that building inspector Bernie Curran and ‘permits expeditor’ Rodrigo Santos have been indicted for
Court documents reveal a client, identified only as ‘Client 9’, donated money to encourage Curran to remove violation notices against this squalid Mission District ‘hotel’ – linked to Pelosi Jr. and his ex-girlfriend
Santos’s clients were not named in documents, but Pelosi Jr. was reportedly trying to get permits and remedy code violations for the troubled building at 1312 Utah Street at the time – suggesting that could be the mysterious Client 9
The property was known to have a long history of dangerous permit violations, according to documents
Curran, 61, told DailyMail.com that Santos introduced him to Pelosi Jr. in the Department of Building Inspection offices, telling Curran that Pelosi Jr. was a friend with whom he went jogging.
San Francisco permit expediter Rodrigo Santos (pictured), a former president of the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission, is alleged to have arranged for his clients to donate thousands of dollars to building inspector Bernie Curran’s non-profit in exchange for permits. He was indicted for fraud in November
An anonymous building inspector claimed in an interview with San Francisco news site Mission Local that in 2018 Pelosi Jr. met with him several times and was trying to ‘get rid of Notices of Violation’ on the property at 1312-1314 Utah Street.
Pelosi Jr.’s ex-girlfriend Nicole Bulick, 46, told DailyMail.com that the FBI’s interest in his involvement in the troubled Utah Street property began in 2017, and that he was interviewed three times.
Pelosi Jr.’s business associate Naveen Singha, who acted as a consultant for him on the sale of 1312 Utah Street, also said he was interviewed by federal agents about the Speaker’s son around May 2019.
And the former owner of the property, Karena Feng, said she was interviewed by the same agents over several months, about 1312 Utah Street and Paul Pelosi Jr.’s involvement.
Emails and subpoenas for records back up their claims.
Earlier this month a DailyMail.com investigation revealed Pelosi Jr., 53, has been linked to five previous federal probes. This ongoing criminal case is the sixth.
As well as tying Pelosi Jr. to an alleged criminal scheme, the December 2017 DBI form also raises serious questions over how he came to own, or own a share of, the multi-million-dollar building.
Feng, who was previously in a romantic relationship with Pelosi Jr., sued him in 2019 claiming he conspired with a now-convicted lawyer and fraudulent realtor to steal the property from her.
Pelosi Jr. and the other defendants denied the claims, Feng’s case was dismissed in 2020 on technical grounds, and she has not refiled.
Pelosi Jr. was recorded as the listing agent on a 2015 contract in which Feng sold the property for $4million, though she claimed her signature on it was forged.
He was also listed as chief financial officer of Feng RE Inc, Feng’s company which held the flop house, in 2015.
Pelosi Jr. (pictured with ex-girlfriend Karena Feng) was involved in an FBI investigation into an alleged bribery plot by two San Francisco officials who are accused of taking money in exchange for turning a blind eye to violations at a property owned by Feng
Pelosi Jr.’s business associate Naveen Singha, who acted as a consultant for him on the sale of 1312 Utah Street, also said he was interviewed by federal agents about the Speaker’s son around May 2019
In an August 2016 email to Feng, Pelosi Jr. claimed that he owned 20 per cent of Feng RE.
But when Mission Local asked him about the property in 2018 he lied, at first denying ever having held any stake in Feng RE.
‘It’s not my business,’ he told the paper. ‘I never got paid. I never expected to get paid.’
When confronted with documents showing he had been an officer of the company, he reportedly changed his story to the paper, claiming Feng gifted him 20 per cent equity in the building on his birthday but he refused the offer – contrary to his claims in his August 2016 email to Feng.
When contacted by DailyMail.com for comment, Pelosi Jr. said he had another incoming call and hung up. He has not responded to any written messages.
The alleged bribery over Utah St. permits is one of several bungs that prosecutors claim Santos arranged for Curran to push through permits for his clients at other properties.
Curran and Santos deny wrongdoing. They are next due in court on February 4.
The recently fired building inspector is livid, claiming he knew nothing about Santos’s alleged scheme or checks to charities and said he has acted professionally and ethically his whole 40-year career.