LOS ANGLES (AP) — A California state senator was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes and expensive trips in exchange for assisting a hospital involved with billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme.
Sen. Ron Calderon is a Democrat from a politically involved family in Los Angeles, was charged with 24-counts of federal indictment. He pleaded not guilty to seven counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to launder money. Prosecutors said, his brother Tom, a former state lawmaker-turned lobbyist, was charged with money-laundering for controlling tax-exempt groups and channeling bribes.
After a long corruption investigation that has not only damaged the state's majority party, this also poses a threat in ruining the image for family members related to political influence from the Hispanic, working-class communities in Los Angeles.
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