Updated 2:37 p.m. Tuesday
The charismatic head of San Francisco’s Public Works department was arrested Monday by the FBI on public corruption charges including allegations that he attempted to bribe a San Francisco International Airport official to secure a contract for a restaurant space at the airport.
Mohammed Nuru, 57, and San Francisco restaurateur Nick Bovis, 56, are both charged with corruption in connection with a series of alleged schemes involving public agency contracts, according to federal officials.
Nuru, who was first arrested on Jan. 21, was also charged with making false statements to the FBI after allegedly promising to cooperate with the probe and then lying to investigators. He was arrested again Monday, along with Bovis, 56, owner of the baseball-themed Lefty O'Doul's bar.
Nuru and Bovis were freed on $2 million bail each and will return to court Feb. 6.
U.S. Attorney David Anderson said that Nuru and Bovis could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the corruption charges. Nuru could face another five years if found guilty of lying to investigators.