LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former State Senator Ron Calderon pleaded guilty Monday to a federal mail fraud charge.
The plea came just weeks before Calderon’s trial on 24 counts was scheduled to start.READ MORE: Grieving Family Looking For Killer Of 22-Year-Old Alejandro Legaria Rangel In Huntington Park
Calderon, 58, admitted he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, in exchange for official acts as a legislator according to the plea agreement.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to ask for a sentence of no more than six years in federal prison. Judge Christina Snyder scheduled sentencing for September 19.READ MORE: Man Shot And Stabbed Outside Crowded Glendale Pastry Shop, Suspect On The Loose
In the agreement, Calderon admitted to taking bribes from the owner of a long beach hospital and from FBI agents. The agents posed as filmmakers seeking changes to the state’s Film Tax Credit Program.
Calderon’s older brother Tom Calderon, a former state assemblyman, admitted to helping cover up bribes for his brother in a plea deal earlier this month. In exchange for his guilty plea on a felony money laundering count, Tom Calderon will receive a sentence not longer than 12 months. He’ll be sentenced September 12.
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