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Legislative Aide, Former Aide Indicted; Lawmaker Cleared

October 24, 1990

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ The FBI’s long-running probe of state Capitol corruption resulted in indictments Tuesday against a legislative aide and a former aide, and prosecutors cleared a lawmaker of any involvement in the case.

U.S. Attorney David Levi said no charges would be filed against Assemblywoman Gwen Moore, D-Los Angeles, the author of special-interest bills that figured prominently in the probe.

Levi said the evidence, ″when viewed in its entirety,″ didn’t warrant any charges against Moore, who chairs the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee.

So far, eight people, including two former state senators, have been charged in connection with the 5-year-old FBI probe, which Levi said is continuing. In the sting, FBI agents posed as businessmen offering money for legislative favors.

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Moore’s former top aide, Tyrone Netters, on nine counts, accusing him of racketeering, bribery, extortion, conspiracy, money laundering and filing a false income tax return, prosecutors said. Netters, who now works for the Assembly Rules Committee, was placed on administrative leave Tuesday, said Bob Connelly, the Assembly’s chief administrative officer.

Darryl Freeman, a former Assembly aide and lobbyist, was indicted on conspiracy and extortion charges.

Moore, who has represented a Los Angeles area district since 1978, said Levi’s announcement made Tuesday a ″happy day for me and my family.″

″For more than two years I have fully and completely cooperated with the FBI in its investigations,″ Moore said. ″I knew I had done absolutely nothing wrong and today that was confirmed by the U.S. attorney.″

If convicted, Netters, 36, faces up to 163 years in prison and a $3.2 million fine and Freeman, 43, up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The indictment also seeks repayment of nearly $15,000 that Netters received from FBI undercover agents.

So far, eight people, including two former state senators, have been charged in connection with the 5-year-old FBI probe, which Levi said is continuing. In the sting, FBI agents posed as businessmen offering money for legislative favors.

The investigation was revealed in August 1988 when about 30 FBI agents raided the state Capitol, searching the offices of four lawmakers - including Moore - and their aides.

The former senators, Democrats Joseph Montoya of Whittier and Paul Carpenter of Cypress, were convicted of corruption charges earlier this year. Montoya is serving a 6 1/2 -year prison sentence. Carpenter, now a member of a state tax board, is awaiting sentencing.

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