.... 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....