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California senator charged in huge corruption case, could face almost 400 years in prison

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A California state senator was charged for allegedly accepting $100,000 in bribes on Friday along with lavish trips and what a report called “no-show jobs” for his children in exchange for pushing legislation.

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State Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democrat, is now facing a 24-count federal indictment related to his pushing legislation to benefit what the Associated Press called “a hospital engaged in billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme that actually was an FBI sting.”

Calderon’s brother Tom, a former lawmaker who now works as a lobbyist, is also facing charges. Tom Calderon was charged with money laundering for allegedly funneling bribe money through a tax-exempt group under his control, according to prosecutors.

“When public officials choose to callously betray the trust of the people they serve and selfishly abuse the privileges of public office, then we will take all necessary steps to hold those persons fully accountable for their behavior,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte said, according to AP.

Calderon has denied any wrongdoing and his attorney did not respond to repeated telephone messages from the AP. However, his attorney, Mark Geragos, planned to issue a statement Friday, the AP reported.

Tom Calderon appeared in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to seven counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

Speaking on behalf of the California state senate’s democratic caucus, state senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg called on Calderon to either step down or take a leave of absence.

“Given the seriousness of charges that strike at the very heart of what it means to be a public official, Senator Calderon’s continued service is a cloud over all the important work that we must get done this year,” Steinberg said in a statement.

Calderon allegedly accepted bribes from Michael Drobot, the former owner of the Pacific Hospital in Long Beach. That hospital has been implicated in a wide variety of types of billing fraud.

Drobot has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and paying illegal kickbacks, according ot the U.S. attorney.

“Corruption victimizes each and every one of us. The indictment alleges Mr. Calderon traded influence for cash in the 30th District and beyond,” said Bill Lewis, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, according to The Los Angeles Times. “In addition to robbing us of taxpayer money, corrupt practices rob us of trust in government.”

If Calderon is convicted on all counts, he could face almost 400 years in federal prison. Tom Calderon could face a maximum of 160 years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors.

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18 Responses to California senator charged in huge corruption case, could face almost 400 years in prison

  1. Tim Goddard February 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Let’s hope the punks see the rest of their lives in klink. Good on the FBI. More stings please, to trap the corrupt traitors

  2. Jay Kenney February 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Land of “Fruits&Nuts. My wife and I know. We were stationed there with USAF during the “Ronnie Years.” It was a love/hate relationship with CA. At least the FBI caught a real bad guy…this time.

  3. David Silva February 22, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    If the accusation are correct, then Senator Calderon belongs in jail. The $100k he was bribed is paltry chump change compared to the million$ that 99% of the US Senators receive from banksters, big oil, GMO food poisoners, etc. You can count on one hand the number of U.S. Senators that stand up to their corporate masters. The rest are treasonous, guilty of accepting bribes more than ten times this amount, and violations of their oaths they took to uphold the US Constitution. The USA is a great country, let’s take it back from the crooks and their puppet politicians.

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  5. Jan Rogers February 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    David Silva, you are so correct. Makes you wonder, just whose toes did the Calderons step on to activate an investigation?

    Most legislators are never investigated or charged with a crime, yet they commit crimes against America, and against the Constitution daily.

    They go in to office with very little personal worth and after a couple of years they are worth millions.

    And, if the truth was know, they probably pay no income tax.

    • dana September 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Too right but then look at who is on the investigative committee. Mr. Criminal himself Darrell Issa.

      • Jay Kenney September 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        So, what do, “We the people…,” do to change this?

  6. John USN February 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    $100M is nothing compared to $8B missing in Iraq and $2.5T missing in Pentagon. Sometimes one has to investigate this allegation if true. Particularly when the accused(or Politician) did not follow the orders of the Lord of the Ring.

    • Jay Kenney February 24, 2014 at 5:27 AM

      Let’s take our “wins” where we can get them. as far as this pol, “…not following orders (sic.),” All investigators have to do is follow the money. My greater concern, and want to see it taken up, is all of us “Boomers” who are reaching our “Golden Years”, and are being denied medication because pharmaceutical and insurance companies have whimsically decided that “old people” don’t (or “grow” out of ?) need the medications for which the meds were designed.

      As for the billions the military-industrial complex is spending in SW Asia isn’t going to be stopped by an investigation. After all, the “investigators” are members and profit makers of that complex.

      My alternative? Join and grow the Libertarian Party, instead of sit and complain about the situation. Matter of fact, I find myself reluctantly being drawn toward Anarchism.

      • anonymous February 28, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        please boomers die soon you’re a heavy burden on this country and always have been.

        • Anonymous February 23, 2015 at 6:52 PM

          Someday, anonymous, the younger generations will be waiting on YOU to die, after all of us following the boomers saw all this shitstorm brewing and didn’t do anything about it.

          • Jay Kenney February 24, 2015 at 3:24 PM

            “Anonymous.” Personally stand up for your your, “opinions!” For starters, don’t lump Baby Boomers into California politics. We were the ones who labeled California as the land of fruits and nuts. apparently long before you were born.

  7. Meera May 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    U.S Attorney’s statement is laughable and his outrage totally hypocritical. In a country where the revolving door model is raging, there doesn’t exist the concept of a public servant. From Cheney, Rumsfield and countless others making millions to Obama who is only the servant of big banks. Currently, the real president of the United States is more Ben Bernanke!

    • Jay Kenney May 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Written from a true victim perspective. Sorry to tell you this, but the responsibility for this kind of corruption lies in the lap of, “We the people…” And it is up to, “We the people…,” to take action to put a stop to this instead of sitting back in our Lazy-Boys, and complaining about how bad things are. I don’t know about you, but I am of the generation that put a stop to the VN War and brought down, Tricky Dick. We can do it again and social media is the place to start. What have you done lately to take PERSONAL aciton about this?

  8. Will June 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    ““The indictment alleges Mr. Calderon traded influence for cash in the 30th District and beyond,” said Bill Lewis, the assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. “In addition to robbing us of taxpayer money, corrupt practices rob us of trust in government.”

    It would appear that Mr Calderon was not high enough in our gangster government to be able to pull this off. As others have said, this government is so riddled with corruption that it is totally beyond repair — including the FBI and other 3-letter-agences.

    Government lies and crimes have robbed us of trust in government.

    • Jay Kenney June 9, 2014 at 6:38 AM

      No argument from me, Will…

  9. Drewbster June 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    State Sen. Ron Calderon, you pompous scum.

  10. Dana November 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Great!!! Keep going. There are PLENTY more where he came from, especially in California. Lots and lots. No shortage of corrution here!


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