In testimony closed to the public to protect his identity, the pseudonymous "David Jordan," a federal agent who posed as a member of an East Coast crime syndicate to spend many hours with Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, said he was at one time "incredibly frightened" of the man accused of running drugs and ordering murders. That is of course what Chow stands accused of as the "dragonhead" of the Ghee Kung Tong, alternately described as a fraternal order and a community organization but, in either case, one with alleged criminal ties.
The Associated Press writes in the New York Times that "Jordan" testified for a second day yesterday, and likely appeared this morning as well. "'I don't know what you guys have going on,'" the agent said Chow told him initially. "'You guys are doing bad things. I don't want to hear about that.'"
But with a backstory about an Italian grandfather who emigrated to New York, changed his name to Jordan. and laundered money, the agent regularly palled around with Chow and those connected to him at high-end restaurants and nightclubs. While prosecutors say Chow introduced the agent to people who assisted him in money laundering and other crimes, introductions for which Chow accepted money, Chow's attorneys maintain that the agent instigated the crimes himself, getting people arrested, and forced money on Chow, much of the time when he was drunk.
During a 2011 meeting in Las Vegas, the agent says an associate of Chow's placed a gun and bag of cocaine on the table before them and wondered aloud whether they could trust "Jordan." He was "incredibly frightened," he said. "If I didn't compromise the case that would be good," he recalled thinking to himself at the time. "But my safety and going home to my family was certainly more important."
"He was abhorrent to say the least," the agent said of Chow according to further AP reporting in ABC News. "Unsavory, just amoral."