Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg

Capitol Alert
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November 15, 2013

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, worked for a law firm representing the son of a health care executive linked in an FBI affidavit to Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello.

In response to a leaked FBI affidavit charging that Calderon had accepted $28,000 in bribes from Michael D. Drobot, formerly the CEO of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Calderon’s attorney sought to deflect blame this week in a court filing claiming that Steinberg was the true target of the investigation given his “financial activities” with Drobot.

On Thursday, Steinberg repudiated Calderon’s allegations, calling them “beyond the pale” and saying he had “no relationship” with Drobot, outside of the fact that the prolific Democratic donor had attended Senate Democratic fundraisers.

But Michael D. Drobot has a son, Michael R. Drobot, who is currently being represented in an insurance fraud case by a law firm, Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye, & Adreani, that Steinberg listed as a source of income in a filing covering 2012. Steinberg is an “attorney of counsel” for the firm, according to the filing, and received between $10,001 and $100,000 in 2012.

Attorneys from the firm are representing the younger Drobot in a lawsuit California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund brought against both Drobots, father and son, earlier this year alleging “a broad and multi-faceted plan to defraud State Fund in connection with the submission and collection of fraudulent insurance bills.”

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