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Calderon Indicted on 24 Counts

Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have been indicted by federal authorities on multiple criminal charges, including money laundering.

Ron Calderon faces 24 charges including bribery, money laundering and tax fraud, which carry a maximum sentence of 400 years in prison, U.S Attorney André Birotte Jr. said during a press conference today in Los Angeles. Calderon agreed to surrender to authorities on Monday, Birotte said.

Tom Calderon faces seven counts of money laundering and is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

Michael Drobot, the former CEO of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, has made a plea deal with authorities and admitted paying bribes to Ron Calderon, Birotte said.

Authorities allege that Ron Calderon accepted nearly $100,000 in bribes from Drobot and an undercover FBI agent posing as a film studio owner, and that his brother laundered money through a nonprofit group called Californians for Diversity. The Yes We Can Political Action Committee, an independent fundraising committee that has had ties with the Legislature's Latino Caucus, made a $25,000 contribution to Californians for Diversity early last year.

PHOTO: California State Senator Ron Calderon, from left, talks with California Assembly Speaker John Perez , while former state assemblyman Tom Calderon talks with a friend at a memorial service for Tom's wife Marcella Calderon on January 14, 2012. Perez has not been connected with the case. Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times


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Jon Hall February 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Funny how all the news reports fail to identify these crooks as life-long Democratic Representatives ...
Libi Uremovic February 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM
i thought the fact that he's still in office when everyone knew he was about to be indicted made his political leanings obvious .... darrell stienberg waiting until after calderon was indicted before asking for his resignation ...and i don't think calderon has even resigned yet ...
Fayette (Davis) Driskell February 26, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Libi..its not what or who you know anymore, its about " how much " you can pay..LOL :)
Ed Kravitz March 03, 2014 at 09:47 AM
I don't think the Democrats have any monopoly on corruption. They are just as good at it as the Republicans. The real problem is that man is basically greedy and that much power and money corrupts even those who may have started with the best of intentions sometimes. It's the big money involved in politics that diverts our representatives from actually representing us...THE VOTERS. INTEGRITY is almost obsolete in our culture and certainly in our government. If I'm wrong... show me otherwise. Calling people names or categorizing them as conservative,liberal, republican, democrat, white, black , etc.....all those things marginalize us and divide us when we are in fact supposed to be a united people. The other guy is probably more like you than you think. Now if they are really crooked or evil...TELL IT LIKE IT IS ! If it's just some spin or talking point you heard on your favorite news entertainment cable network...??? Don't be so gullible.

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