Former California state lawmaker indicted on federal bribery charges
The dark side of political nepotism reveals its ugly head once again
[ Editor’s Note: Higher Education bribery scandals continue to come forward, a hint that the country is awash with these, and with law enforcement generally looking the other way to avoid becoming the enemies of the political establishment that takes a compliant law enforcement as part of the trappings of office.
One can see how aspiring politicians would want to use their office to do well by their children by shoe horning them into some career opportunity that they have neither earned nor deserve, but quite the contrary. They are just political grifter wannabes like their parents.
Hopefully these high profile cases will trigger whistleblowers to come forward and start uncovering more of these cheating situations, where someone who worked hard and earned a shot at a good academia slot had some sleazeball slide in ahead them… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … October 14, 2021
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted on federal charges Wednesday for his role in an alleged bribery scheme that landed his son a professorship at USC.
Federal prosecutors alleged in a 20-count indictment that Ridley-Thomas helped direct funding and contracts to USC’s school of social work while serving on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
In exchange, his son, former state lawmaker Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, was guaranteed graduate school admission and a paid teaching position by the school’s then-dean, Marilyn Louise Flynn.
Mark Ridley-Thomas also moved $100,000 from a campaign committee through USC and eventually into the account of a nonprofit that employed his son, the indictment alleges.
The case capped an extraordinary day of corruption scandals in California. It came just hours after news that a top labor leader, Alma Hernández, faced state charges of embezzlement, tax fraud and perjury and that she had resigned from her post as executive director of SEIU California.
Flynn, who has since retired from USC, was also named in the indictment. Along with the bribery charges, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Flynn also face conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud counts. Those charges carry maximum penalties ranging from five to 20 years in prison.
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