State Sen. Ron Calderon, brother indicted (SF Gate.com link) California state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, were indicted on federal public corruption charges Friday stemming from a wide-ranging investigation that ensnared the senator's children and a hospital executive.
The U.S. attorney's office announced the charges at a press conference in Los Angeles and said the lengthy investigation into the brothers' activities may lead to additional arrests.
Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to surrender Monday on 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and tax fraud, officials said. The allegations, if proven, carry a combined maximum of 400 years in prison.
His brother, Tom Calderon, 59, surrendered Friday morning after he was indicted on seven counts of money laundering. The allegations against Tom Calderon carry a combined maximum sentence of 160 years.
California State Sen. Leland Yee, gang leader known as ‘Shrimp Boy’ arrested in FBI raids (Pasadena Star News link) A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent was arrested Wednesday along with a onetime gang leader known as “Shrimp Boy” during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.
FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrests of State Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond Chow, but declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. Yee was scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in San Francisco later Wednesday.
The agency was executing numerous arrests and search warrants in the Bay Area, FBI Special Agent Michael Gimbel said outside the offices of Ghee Kung Tong, a fraternal organization in San Francisco’s Chinatown that Chow reportedly headed. It was among the sites searched. Firefighters were seen going inside with a circular saw and later said they had cracked a safe.
Yee is the third Democratic senator to face charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled from the Legislature.
Mark Hedlund, spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, confirmed that the FBI searched Yee’s office in the state capitol on Wednesday, but he said he had no information about the arrest.
“We’re hoping for more as we go through the day,” he said.
Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said he had no comment and did not know anything about the investigation.
State Sen. Roderick Wright found guilty of perjury, voter fraud (Los Angeles Times link) Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.
Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat.
The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment. But his attorney said they would appeal. Judge Kathleen Kennedy set sentencing for March 12.
Wright, who was indicted by a county grand jury in September 2010, remains free on $45,000 bail.
Under the state Constitution, a lawmaker can be expelled from the Legislature on a two-thirds vote of his or her house. In some cases, legislators have resigned voluntarily.
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