State Sen. Ron Calderon, Brother Indicted

Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, February 22, 2014

California state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, were indicted on federal public corruption charges Friday stemming from a wide-ranging investigation that ensnared the senator’s children and a hospital executive.


Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to surrender Monday on 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and tax fraud, officials said. The allegations, if proven, carry a combined maximum of 400 years in prison.

His brother, Tom Calderon, 59, surrendered Friday morning after he was indicted on seven counts of money laundering. The allegations against Tom Calderon carry a combined maximum sentence of 160 years.


According to the indictment, Ron Calderon, D-Montebello (Los Angeles County), “would perform official acts favorable to the individuals paying him bribes and kickbacks, including introducing and supporting legislation on their behalf, and seeking the support of other public officials and their staff for such legislation.”

U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. said the senator received about $100,000 in bribes as well as lavish trips on chartered planes, gourmet dinners and expensive golf outings in exchange for pushing legislation through the Capitol. Ron Calderon is also accused of soliciting a $5,000 payment for his son’s tuition from an undercover FBI agent, who posed as a film studio executive seeking political favors.


The Calderon case began as FBI agents investigated Michael Drobot, the former owner ofPacific Hospital, a Long Beach facility that is a major provider of spinal surgeries paid for by workers’ compensation programs. Birotte said Drobot allegedly bribed Ron Calderon to preserve a law that allowed Drobot to be overcompensated for spinal surgeries through a fraud scheme.

According to investigators, Ron Calderon had Drobot hire his son for 15 days of work each summer for three years at $10,000 per year at one or more of Drobot’s companies–to help his son raise tuition money.


Drobot, 69, of Corona Del Mar (Orange County) agreed to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and kickbacks. Investigators allege Drobot’s hospital billing scheme netted $500 million in fraudulently submitted claims paid for by the state’s workers’ compensation program during a five-year period.

Birotte said Drobot admits paying Ron Calderon bribes to push legislation that kept that money flowing to his hospital.

Ron Calderon is also accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents who posed as Hollywood film studio executives who wanted him to support a film tax credit. According to the indictment, the agents hired Ron Calderon’s daughter for a job–she never worked–and paid her $39,000, in exchange for her father’s political support on the tax credit.


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  • Manaphy

    When you bring Mexican politicians to America, Mexican politics comes with them (Yes, I’m looking at you, Rubio).

    • *cough* Cuban *cough*

    • Fathercoughlin

      Where did this Calderon monkey stand on amnesty??

  • Bribery is a way of life wherever you find Mexicans, including on both sides of the border. Never vote for a Mexican and never work for one. They lie constantly too. If one is appointed as your boss, find another job. Otherwise, your goose is cooked.

  • CelestiaQuesta

    Yes, even small city governments game the system. State and federal do it in the billions.
    Reasons to rid all local government obsolete and reduce state and federal to voluntary citizens.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The United States is in the process of transitioning into an impoverished 3rd world society filled with crime and corruption.

    Have a Happy New World Order.

  • Nancy Thomas

    They bring not only poverty but MASSIVE corruption. I live in the cesspool known as California. City after city has been taken over by mexicans and my GOD! Have you heard about the city of Bell? (this is only one story of many) Some mexicans got in there and gave themselves salaries of 500K per year and pensions in the millions….in a dirt poor city! Thank God they were busted and put in jail. It’s like that anywhere they take over…bribery, corruption, mexican mafia, drugs, payoffs, bags of money, murders and all sorts of suspicious activity….coming to a city near you!

    • libertarian1234

      Yes, and they only came here to work and improve themselves

      I think they can now call California Mexico North. It’s declining into a third world cesspool just like their old country.

      I wonder how long it’s going to take the cartels to take over as they now do in Mexico?

      • Nancy Thomas

        That’s already a done deal. The Mexican Mafia sells “super meth” in every major city in the USA and you can bet they spread money around in each and every city to be able to stay in business. The mini mall where I get my hair cut was torched by the Mexican Mafia to get the insurance money. People have no idea what is happening to this country, and if they knew we would have an instant civil war. The media ignores it of course, because mexicans vote democrat.

        • libertarian1234

          “……you can bet they spread money around in each and every city to be able to stay in business.”

          Yes, the cartels are doing that here now.

          DHS said a couple of years ago that they had points of distribution in 200 US cities, with even heavier influence in the border states where they almost got a cartel member elected mayor of a California city.

          A Mexican investigative reporter wrote an article alleging that most ALL the police and local officials were on the payroll of one cartel or another and that pesos are in the pockets of higher officials all the way up to the president.

          This war on drugs is turning out to be a bigger failure than Prohibition was in the twenties.

          • Nancy Thomas

            Our government is guilty of criminal negligence. The first and main duty of a government is to protect the citizens, and the US government has failed this basic task miserably. I no longer feel any loyalty to the government and I don’t care of the DHS is listening. The border should have been militarized long ago, but it wasn’t because the NWO wants open borders and the end of all nation states, and they have the money to buy off our leadership and make them sell us out. It’s sickening.

          • libertarian1234

            I agree.

          • Fathercoughlin

            And who are the people,the group of people,or,ya might say,the TRIBE of people–if one can call them people–who haved done this to our nation??

          • Nancy Thomas

            Those who must not be named.

  • libertarian1234

    “The allegations, if proven, carry a combined maximum of 400 years in prison.”

    Well, he’ll only have to serve two hundred years then he can get paroled, so if he exercises regularly and eats right he should be back on the street by the time he’s 256 years old.

  • Spartacus

    Looking at that guy, it’s clear he tried laundering the money by buying tacos with it….

    • IstvanIN

      A lot of tacos.

  • mobilebay

    Guess it’s just a cultural thang!

  • ViktorNN

    Where there’s a Mexican politician, there’s corruption.

  • IstvanIN

    If I didn’t live in NJ I might find this unusual.

  • antiquesunlight

    What a shocker. Welcome to Newmerica.

    • Fathercoughlin

      Change that N to a J

      • I don’t think many of the Greaseritos are Jewish. Plenty of them are Satanists, however.

        • antiquesunlight

          That music they listen to is certainly hellish.

  • r j p

    A lower IQ minority on the payroll means the entire family was hired.