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FBI looking at Calif. lawmaker’s water legislation

June 5, 2013 • Business


Tony Beard, Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, leaves the Capitol office of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, after checking to ensure the office was secure the day following an FBI raid in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Armed with search warrants FBI agents raided Calderon’s office and the offices of the Legislatures’s Latino caucus, Tuesday. No reason for the search was given. Agents left Calderon’s office with several boxes of material.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon involves legislation he introduced for a Los Angeles-area water district that uses his brother as a consultant, according to two people questioned by federal agents.

The FBI hasn’t disclosed any details on the investigation of the Democrat whose Sacramento offices were raided late Tuesday. However, two people told The Associated Press on Wednesday they were questioned by the FBI about the legislation and Calderon’s brother Tom’s connections with the Central Basin Municipal Water District.

Michael Franchek, former vice president of EcoGreen Services, said agents interviewed him twice and wanted to know about a contract his water conservation consulting company unsuccessfully sought from the city of Maywood. The contract went to a firm for which Tom Calderon served as president.

Maywood is part of the Central Basin district, which paid Tom Calderon a consulting fee of $11,000 per month.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles-area elected official said agents asked him about legislation written by Ron Calderon on behalf of Central Basin. The official also said agents wanted to know about four or Login to read more

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