By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
and Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 02/21/14, 9:21 AM PST | Updated: 17 mins ago
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to file federal charges today in a political corruption matter and a case involving a massive health care fraud scheme.
A law enforcement source told this newspaper the charges are related to the FBI investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon.
A recent Al Jazeera report into state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, revealed that he has been accused of accepting a total of $60,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents in a sting operation, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Sacramento.
A news conference is scheduled for noon to announce charges.
Michael Drobot, chief executive officer of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, also reportedly gave Calderon $28,000 in bribes in return for supporting legislation delay or limit changes in workers compensation laws relating to the amount of money medical providers are reimbursed for performing spinal surgeries, according to the affidavit.
The bribe was allegedly disguised as payment to his son, Zachary, who worked for Drobot each summer but the payments went into an account controlled by his father, the affidavit stated.
The affidavit was filed with U.S. District Judge Kendall Newman in an effort to get a search warrant.
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