Disgraced former San Francisco official Mohammed Nuru gets seven years in prison for corruption scandal

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File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. 

File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. 

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Mohammed Nuru, the disgraced former director of San Francisco's Department of Public Works, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in a wide-reaching corruption scandal.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick handed down the ruling Thursday. Nuru was first arrested by the FBI in January 2020 on public corruption charges, and in the time since, the scandal has mushroomed into an elaborate web of schemes involving several individuals connected to City Hall. In December 2021, Nuru pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges and admitted to taking bribes. In February 2021, one contractor admitted to bribing Nuru with a $36,000 Rolex watch.

Nuru previously dated San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who was fined by the city's ethics commission for not properly disclosing a gift (a $5,600 car repair) she received from Nuru.

In addition to the jail time, Nuru has to pay a $35,000 fine and forfeit his 20-acre ranch in Stonybrook.

"At a time when democracy is under attack, you have weakened public confidence in our leader," Orrick told Nuru in court, according to reporters present. "I consider your crimes incredibly serious."

In 2021, Nuru was arrested again after police said he brandished a kitchen knife and attempted to take someone's potato chips at a San Francisco food bank. He did not face charges over the incident, as the San Fransisco District Attorney's Office said the incident "appeared to have been an inappropriate and misguided attempt at humor but not an attempted robbery."