More federal charges against alleged gun trafficker Leland Yee

State Sen. Leland Yee is chased by reporters as he leaves the federal building in San Francisco, CA, Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014. Yee is facing charges including weapons violations and wire fraud (Photo credit: Michael Short, The Chronicle)

Then-Sen. Leland Yee is chased by reporters as he leaves the federal building in San Francisco, CA, Wednesday Mar. 26, 2014.  (Photo: Michael Short, The Chronicle)

In a continuation of the government’s case against former California State Sen. Leland Yee, a new grand jury indictment has been handed down this week.

The indictment, as reported by the LA Times, alleges that in July 2013, Yee and a member of his campaign attempted to deposit $12,600 in checks to his campaign account that were a product of unlawful activity. At least a portion of the amount is believed to have come from money given Yee by an undercover agent to purchase illegal military-grade weapons from a terrorist contact in the Philippines.

The result is a new charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

These new allegations come on top of a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country via Islamic terror groups.

Yee, who maintains his innocence, has since used some $128,000 in campaign re-election funds to fuel his legal defense, which is legal according to California state officials.

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