A San Francisco restaurant owner who was originally charged with fraud together with the city's former Public Works director has agreed to plead guilty to two counts and cooperate with the ongoing investigation, federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday.
Nick Bovis, 56, of San Mateo, the owner of Lefty O'Doul's restaurant, promised in a plea agreement filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco to plead guilty to charges of honest services wire fraud and wire fraud.
The plea session will be held by video conference before U.S. District Judge William Orrick of San Francisco on May 21. The details of the two frauds are currently under seal. In an earlier phase of the case, Bovis and then-Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru were both charged in January with one count of honest services wire fraud, allegedly consisting of a never-completed scheme to bribe an San Francisco International Airport commissioner for aid in obtaining a restaurant
concession in 2018.
In the plea agreement, Bovis says he will plead guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud, defined as attempting to defraud the public of the honest services of a public official through a bribery scheme that used a wire communication, and a second count of using a wire communication to carry out a fraud scheme. A list of supporting facts that he admits to is under seal.
Bovis also agreed to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office in interviews and testimony and to provide documents in the case. The agreement says prosecutors may ask for a reduced sentence if they decide Bovis has "provided substantial assistance to law enforcement authorities."