LOS ANGELES (CNS) - State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother were indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple political corruption charges, including mail and wire fraud, bribery and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
Calderon, D-Montebello, and his brother Tom were named in a federal indictment filed Thursday. Federal investigators were expected to provide details of the charges at a midday news conference in downtown Los Angeles.
According to the indictment, the lawmaker ``would solicit and accept benefits, such as employment for his son, trips on privately charted airplanes, golf at exclusive, high-end golf resorts and meals at expensive restaurants'' from Michael D. Drobot, the chief executive officer of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.
The alleged bribes were offered in exchange for the senator's support of legislation that would delay or limit changes in California's workers' compensation laws, according to the indictment.
The lawmaker is also alleged to have taken bribes from an undercover FBI agent and a businessman in a separate scheme to affect legislation to extend film-industry tax credits.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos said previously there was no justification for the probe.
Ron Calderon was elected to the state Senate in 2006. His district includes Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Montebello and Whittier, along with other cities.
Born and raised in Montebello, Calderon worked in the manufacturing industry and as a mortgage banker and real estate agent before he was elected.