LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles City Councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former Dean of USC’s School of Social Work have been charged with federal corruption charges alleging a bribe scheme resulting from Ridley’s tenure -Thomas on the county supervisory board, prosecutors announced today.
Prosecutors argue that a relative of Ridley-Thomas received substantial benefits from the university in return for support contracts from Ridley-Thomas and lucrative contract changes with the university while he was on the board of trustees County.
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The 20-count indictment filed in Los Angeles federal court alleges that Ridley-Thomas conspired with Marilyn Louise Flynn to provide the parent with admission to graduate school, a full scholarship, a paid faculty position and a mechanism to channel Ridley-Thomas campaign funds through the university to a parent-run nonprofit organization.
Los Angeles City Councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas charged with conspiracy, bribery and fraud offenses allegedly committed while serving on the Los Angeles County Supervisory Board. Full announcement on the upcoming grand jury indictment. @FBILosAngeles
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