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Sen. Ronald Calderon takes paid leave while fighting corruption charges

• Los Angeles Times
.... Calderon, a Democrat from Montebello, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery, fraud, money laundering and related offenses. He is accused of helping to facilitate a $500-million healthcare fraud scheme.

The 24 felony counts include accepting nearly $100,000 in bribes, along with gourmet meals and high-priced golf games, in exchange for his influence on legislation.

Calderon pleaded not guilty and was freed on a $50,000 bond guaranteed by his wife. His brother, Thomas, a former member of the Assembly, was charged with money laundering in the same case and also pleaded not guilty....
 
Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) was granted a leave Tuesday after his conviction on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud. Prosecutors say he lied about living in the Inglewood district he represents when he ran for the seat....

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