California lawmaker surrenders in corruption case 

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  • U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, left, and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Lewis speak at news conference Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. Federal law enforcement authorities on Friday announced multiple charges of bribery and cover-ups against state Sen. Ron Calderon, a Democratic state lawmaker and his brother, the result of a long-running corruption investigation that has tarnished the state's majority party.
California state Sen. Ron Calderon has surrendered to federal authorities to face multiple corruption counts involving bribes, kickbacks and fraud.

U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says Calderon was taken into custody in Los Angeles late Monday morning.

The legislator's arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. PST in federal court.

The Democrat was charged Friday with accepting $100,000 in bribes and lavish trips and funneling some of the money to his children and political groups that he and his brother controlled.

His brother Tom, a former state lawmaker-turned-lobbyist, is charged with money-laundering.

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