LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of USC’s School of Social Work have been indicted on federal corruption charges alleging a bribery scheme stemming from Ridley-Thomas’ time serving on the county Board of Supervisors, prosecutors announced today.
Prosecutors contend a Ridley-Thomas relative received substantial benefits from the university in exchange for Ridley-Thomas supporting county contracts and lucrative contract amendments with the university while he served on the county board.
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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 relative with graduate school admission, a full-tuition scholarship, a paid professorship, and a mechanism to funnel Ridley-Thomas campaign funds through the university to a nonprofit to be operated by the relative.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas charged with conspiracy, bribery and fraud offenses allegedly committed while a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Full announcement on grand jury indictment coming soon. @FBILosAngeles
— US Attorney L.A. (@USAO_LosAngeles) October 13, 2021
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