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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