Mayor Sheng Thao Claims Economic Discrimination After FBI Raid

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao spoke out on Monday following an FBI raid at her home last Thursday. Thao denied any misconduct and suggested the investigation may have targeted her due to her economic background rather than criminal actions, as reported by the New York Post.

The raid, part of a joint operation involving the IRS and U.S. Postal Service, took place early Thursday morning at Thao’s Lincoln Highlands residence. The mayor, who is under pressure due to increasing crime rates and the Oakland A’s planned departure, addressed her constituents to clarify her stance.

“I want to be crystal clear: I have done nothing wrong,” Thao emphasized. “I can tell you with confidence that this investigation is not about me.”

Thao suggested that her socio-economic status and lack of elite education might have contributed to her being targeted. “This wouldn’t have gone down the way it did if I was rich, if I had gone to elite private schools or if I had come from money,” she said. “I know that for sure because former elected officials are sitting safely in their houses in the hills right now with campaign finance violations piling up.”

During her statement, Thao took a strong stand against what she perceives as an unjust investigation. “I’m not going down like that, we’re not going down like that. The people who voted for me deserve to have their voices heard and communities prioritized. I’m seeking the truth right now, just as much as you all are,” she declared. “I will not be bullied, I will not be disparaged and I will not be threatened out of this office.”

Reports indicate that the FBI arrived at Thao’s home around 5:30 a.m. and were seen removing boxes and bags. Despite the significant activity, the FBI has not provided details about the investigation, as noted by CBS News Bay Area.

Thao’s assertion of innocence and claims of discrimination highlight the broader challenges she faces as mayor, as she continues to navigate the legal and political pressures surrounding her administration.