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California lawmaker takes leave of absence amid bribery charges

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator said on Monday he would take a leave of absence, instead of resigning, while fighting federal charges that he accepted bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as film executives. Democrat Ron Calderon, part of a decades-old California political dynasty, surrendered to authorities last week to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

California lawmaker convicted of voter fraud allowed to take paid leave

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A Democratic state senator convicted of eight felonies will be allowed to take a paid leave of absence, angering Republicans who called on Wednesday for his resignation, a move that could weaken Democrats' tenuous hold on their two-thirds majority. Senator Roderick Wright, who represents parts of Los Angeles and the suburb of Inglewood, was convicted last month of voter fraud and perjury after prosecutors said he did not physically live in the district he represented.

California lawmaker pleads innocent to corruption charges

By Dan Whitcomb and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he took bribes from a businessman as well as from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to shepherd legislation in their favor. Ron Calderon, a Democrat and a member of a California political dynasty that goes back several decades, had turned himself in earlier in the day to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

California lawmaker due to surrender on bribery, corruption charges

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator was expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday to face charges that he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor. Democrat Ron Calderon was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and other charges.

California senator faces corruption charges in medical scam, FBI sting; brother also charged

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A California state senator was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes, lavish trips and no-show jobs for his children in exchange for pushing legislation to benefit a hospital engaged in billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme that actually was an FBI sting.

California lawmaker indicted on bribery, corruption charges

By Dan Whitcomb and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California state senator has been indicted on federal charges that he took $100,000 in bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood movie executives in exchange for steering legislation in their favor, prosecutors said on Friday.

Federal agents charge California lawmaker with corruption, say he and his brother took bribes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Federal law enforcement authorities on Friday announced multiple charges of bribery and coverups against a Democratic state lawmaker and his brother, the result of a long-running corruption investigation that has tarnished the state's majority party. The 24-count indictment was filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles against state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, Tom, a former state lawmaker who now works as a lobbyist and was in charge of political accounts cited in the document.

Embattled state lawmaker says FBI asked him to wear wire to record California Senate leader

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Embattled state Sen. Ron Calderon says federal authorities wanted him to wear a wire and record conversations with the Senate leader and another lawmaker, and after he refused they tried to ruin his reputation by raiding his offices and leaking an FBI affidavit alleging he took money in return for promoting bills.

California senator targeted in probe stripped of committee assignments

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) - A California state senator who is the target of an FBI corruption probe was temporarily stripped of his committee assignments on Tuesday at the request of the body's top Democratic leader, pending the outcome of a federal investigation.

FBI probe involves legislation Calif. state senator introduced for LA-area water district

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The FBI investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon involves legislation he introduced for a Los Angeles-area water district that uses his brother as a consultant, according to two people questioned by federal agents. The FBI hasn't disclosed any details on the investigation of the Democrat whose Sacramento offices were raided late Tuesday. However, two people told The Associated Press on Wednesday they were questioned by the FBI about the legislation and Calderon's brother Tom's connections with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.
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