SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI searched the State Capitol office of state Sen. Ron Calderon in connection to a case out of Los Angeles Tuesday evening.
FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller said agents were executing a federal search warrant, which is sealed. She said agents were removing documents as part of an ongoing investigation.
Eimiller would not comment further on the nature of the investigation.
California Senate Sergeant at Arms Tony Beard said a second office assigned to Calderon in the Legislative Office Buildingwas also searched by the FBI.
Beard previously said the second office belonged to the Latino Legislative Caucus. He clarified Wednesday that the Latino caucus moved into new offices earlier this year.
Eimiller said the searches at both Calderon offices were related to the same investigation.
Theinvestigationwas not related to a public safety threat, Eimiller said. According to Beard, the searches were not ricin related, as reported by some media outlets.
The LA Times firstreportedthe FBI investigation may be related to corruption in regards to contracts with a Los Angeles County water agency.The report said in the past, Calderon wrote legislation on behalf of the Central Basin Municipal Water District.
EcoGreen Services Vice President Michael Franchek told KABC-TV he was interviewed by the FBI several months ago about the Central Basin Municipal Water District. EcoGreen Services is a water conservation firm that does contract and consultant work. Franchek said his conversation with the FBI eventually led to Calderon and his brother Tom Calderon, a former California lawmaker.
Franchek toldKABC that many folks in water conservation feel the Central Basin Municipal Water District is a "hotbed of cronyism." Franchek cited two incidents in the past about contracts with the Central Basin Municipal Water District. Several years ago, Franchek lost a contract in the 11th hour to a firm associated with George Cole, former board member of the water district and the former mayor of Bell, Calif. Then recently, the water district gave a contract involving a federal stimulus grant to a company associated with Tom Calderon.
Calderon, a Democrat, represents the Los Angeles County area. He was elected to office in 2006. According to Calderon's website, he sits on the Senate Insurance Committee, the Select Committee on Film and Television Industries, International Business and Trade and the Economic Development Committee.
A call to Calderon's Sacramento office seeking a comment was not answered.
Later Tuesday night, it was reportedCalderon was being represented by high-profile attorney Mark Geragos, who also represented Michael Jackson and murderer Scott Peterson.
Geragos told KABC: "Apparently the federal government has no problem violating their own secrecy and sealing rules. It is shameful that the FBI would seal a search warrant and then leak it. It is shameful and they should apologize."
KABCexplained to Geragos that information about the investigation did not come from the FBI, but by someone who was interviewed by the agency. Geragos replied thatwasprecisely what he is referring to, gathering information and disclosing information through another party.
No arrests have been made in connection to the case, Eimiller said.