Public Corruption Scandal

Former San Francisco Public Works Head Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge

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The lead figure in the San Francisco Public Works corruption scandal, Mohammed Nuru, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge.

Nuru is the former director of the city's Public Works Department.

Prosecutors said he admitted to a "staggering amount of corruption" that includes getting thousands in cash, travel and other perks, all in exchange for providing insider information on contracts and bidding.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for May.

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