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Calif. lawmaker allegedly took bribe related to workers comp legislation


California state Sen. Ronald Calderon allegedly accepted bribe money to support legislation that would affect California workers compensation law, according to Al-Jazeera America L.L.C.

The television network on Thursday posted what it described as a sealed federal affidavit on its website. In the document, an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's public corruption squad in Los Angeles states there is probable cause to believe the senator participated in a bribery scheme by accepting about $28,000 from a hospital CEO to support legislation that would limit or delay work comp law affecting reimbursement amounts paid to doctors for performing spinal surgeries.

The affidavit states that it was drafted to support obtaining a search warrant for the senator's state capital office.

A message left at the senator's Sacramento, Calif., office on Friday was not returned. The Senator, a Democrat from Montebello, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, has not been charged with a crime.

A spokeswoman in the FBI's Los Angeles office said she would not verify or deny the affidavit's authenticity.

But the affidavit also states that the senator accepted about $60,000 in bribes from an undercover agent posing as a film studio owner in exchange for supporting legislation that would lower the amount of money independent filmmakers must spend on a film budget to qualify for a state tax credit.