By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 1:05 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Federal prosecutors are trying to bolster their case against the two men charged in the CalPERS bribery scandal by attempting to halt to a series of lawsuits that could interfere with the criminal case.

In an unusual effort coordinated with CalPERS, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the California attorney general’s office, federal prosecutors are trying to make sure three pending civil suits don’t muddy the waters for the criminal case.

The move is “a sure sign that federal prosecutors are committed to bringing these defendants to justice and sending them to prison,” said Philip Khinda, the Washington, D.C., lawyer who investigated the scandal for CalPERS.

A federal grand jury in March indicted former CalPERS Chief Executive Fred Buenrostro and his friend Alfred Villalobos, a marketing agent who earned millions in commission fees securing pension fund investments for his Wall Street clients. Prosecutors said the two men forged CalPERS documents to make sure Villalobos got paid.

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