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News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
LODI CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SHAKIR KHAN
ARRAIGNED ON MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2021
Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced Shakir Khan, a Lodi City Council Member, in conjunction with co-defendant Zakir Khan, were arraigned on numerous counts of illegal gambling, money laundering, and tax evasion. Shakir Khan also faces counts of Employment Development Department (EDD) fraud. Co-defendant Mohammed Khan will be arraigned upon his arrival to the United States from Pakistan.
"Cases involving money laundering, fraud, and tax evasion are very complex and require an inordinate amount of resources to prove," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Integrity matters, the truth matters, and our office prosecutes those who prey on and take advantage of marginalized communities."
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, the defendants allegedly have been operating illegal gaming out of their two businesses in Stockton, California and subsequently laundering the profits. In addition to those charges, numerous fraudulent EDD charges were filed against Shakir Khan for unlawfully receiving money from the state during the pandemic relief efforts.
"I would like to recognize San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow and his dedicated detectives for their hard-work and relentless pursuit of justice in this case. Due to their interagency cooperation with the Bureau of Investigations, we are able to move forward with charges," said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. "Our thoughts are with the Pakistani community during this time. The Family Justice Center is open and available with resources for anyone who needs assistance."
The defendants went before the Honorable Judge Ronald Northup at 1:30 for arraignment. As with every case in the criminal legal system, bail decisions are rendered from the courts and presiding judge over the case. Against the charging Deputy District Attorney's recommendation, the defendants were released on their own recognizance. In conjunction with their release, the defendants are searchable for any indicia of gambling, must surrender their passports, conduct no out of state travel, and have been placed on pre-trial monitoring. The defendants will return to court October 26, 2021 at 8:30AM. Asset forfeiture documents have also been filed in order to seize properties supposedly acquired with illegal funds.
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