Legislative Aide, Former Aide Indicted; No Charges Against Assemblywoman
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Corruption charges won’t be filed against an asemblywoman whose office was searched at the beginning of a long-running FBI investigation at the state Capitol, federal prosecutors said.
But a legislative aide and a former aide were accused by a federal grand jury Tuesday of shaking down FBI undercover agents in exchange for help with legislation. They are the seventh and eighth people charged so far in the FBI’s five-year probe.
The assemblywoman from Los Angeles, Gwen Moore, chairs the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee and is the author of special-interest bills that figured prominently in the investigation, U.S. Attorney David Levi said.
The evidence, ″when viewed in its entirety,″ did not warrant any charges against Moore, Levi said.
Moore’s former top aide, Tyrone Netters, was indicted by the grand jury on nine counts, accusing him of racketeering, bribery, extortion, conspiracy, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.
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.″
Moore voluntarily testified before a federal grand jury in September.
If convicted, Netters faces up to 163 years in prison and a $3.2 million fine and Freeman up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
The indictment also seeks repayment of nearly $15,000 that Netters allegedly received from FBI undercover agents.