Official Tasked With Keeping San Francisco Clean is Arrested, Charged with Corruption
Mohammed Nuru arrested and held on $2 million bail
A top official who was in charge of keeping San Francisco's increasingly dirty streets clean has been arrested by the FBI and charged with corruption, according to reports.
Mohammed Nuru, who is the San Francisco Public Works Director, is currently being held on a $2 million bail for the charges.
Nuru's friend was also arrested and held on a $2 million bail.
Nuru, ironically, went by the Twitter name "Mr. Clean SF."
During a media briefing on Tuesday after Nuru's arrest, federal officials relayed the details of the case.
Feds confirmed that he had agreed to cooperate with the investigation, but violated the agreement later and was re-arrested
The San Francisco official has been accused of accepting lavish gifts from a developer, along with supplying inside information to a friend.
The evidence against Nuru involved came from undercover agents and FBI wiretaps.
The official was in charge of the city's "poop patrol" efforts to clean up fecal matter in the town, which had become an epidemic and the fodder for embarrassing headlines.
San Francisco was declared one of the filthiest slums in the world following an investigation in 2018.
The city later launched the pilot program called “Poop Patrol,” which locates and cleans up feces in targeted neighborhoods.
Recology and Public works front line staff get together to share operational plans on better ways to keep our city streets clean. pic.twitter.com/HMN4IPL09j— Mohammed Nuru (@MrCleanSF) December 17, 2019
Nuru said at the time; the city would spend about $750,000 to search for and clean up human waste.
“So, what happens is we’re going to take one of those crews out and try to get ahead of those calls and look for these locations so that hopefully we can get less numbers of calls coming in,” he told KTVU.
In September, President Donald Trump vowed to slap the city with an environmental violation notice due to its 'out of control' homelessness epidemic.
Trump said the homeless problem in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco was allowing pollution to flow into the ocean.
“It’s a terrible situation — that’s in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said.
“And we’re going to be giving San Francisco; they’re in total violation, we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.”
Nuru oversaw its $312 million budget during his time in charge of the public works department since 2012.
He has been placed on administrative leave following the charges.