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Latino Caucus Denies Offices Were Searched

June 5, 2013


Ron Calderon

The California Latino Legislative Caucus on Wednesday denied reports that its offices were searched by the FBI in connection with an investigation of Sen. Ron Calderon.

Numerous media outlets reported that agents executed the search warrants Tuesday afternoon at Calderon's Sacramento, Calif., office as well as the Legislature's 24-member Latino Caucus. Investigators were seen carrying away several boxes of material later that evening.

The Latino Legislative Caucus released a statement Wednesday afternoon from Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles) and Vice Chair Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez (D-Coachella) denying the Caucus' Capitol office was searched. The statement reads:

"Yesterday, the Sergeant at Arms informed us that the FBI had served warrants in the Capitol. However, despite media reports to the contrary, those warrants DID NOT include searches of the offices of the Latino Legislative Caucus (Room 511).

The nature of the warrants is under seal, and thus far no information on the affidavit in support of the warrants has been disclosed.

In any event, the Latino Legislative Caucus stands ready to assist the Justice Department in whatever way it can to bring this matter to a speedy resolution."

The 55-year-old Democrat from Montebello represents the 30th Senate District and chairs the Senate Insurance Committee and the Senate Select Committee on California's Film and Television Industry. Through his attorney, Calderon denies any wrongdoing.

The FBI has declined to comment on its investigation.

The California Latino Legislative Caucus was founded 40 years ago and serves as a forum for members from the State Senate and Assembly to identify key issues affecting Hispanics and to help empower the Latino community.

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