Report says FBI targeted Calderons once before
The elaborate FBI sting involving an undercover agent posing as a film studio owner who offered bribes to state Sen. Ron Calderon was not the first time the agency investigated the Montebello Democrat.
In 2007, the FBI began looking into Calderon and his brothers, former Assemblymen Tom Calderon and Charles Calderon, according to the affidavit made public this week by cable news network Al Jazeera America.
And it wasn’t the only time in the Calderon probe that the FBI used undercover agents. In 2008, the Los Angeles-based investigation was added to a probe from the FBI’s Sacramento field office involving two undercover agents posing as venture capitalists.
“The undercover FBI agents separately told Ronald Calderon and Thomas Calderon that they were interested in having legislation introduced in the California Senate that would be financially beneficial to their prospective investments,” the affidavit says. “Neither Ronald Calderon nor Thomas Calderon solicited or accepted a bribe in connection with their legislation.”
In December 2012 the Sacramento branch closed its investigation.
– Laurel Rosenhall