From The Voice of OC:
Federal agents investigating members of the Calderon family, one of the most powerful families in California politics, have issued subpoenas and search warrants seeking records involving companies in Anaheim and Newport Beach, according to reporting by Voice of OC and other news organizations.
Although the FBI has remained mum on the investigation, reporting by the Los Angeles Times has indicated that it centers around a political consulting contract that the Commerce-based Central Basin Municipal Water District had with Tom Calderon, the brother of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, and uncle of Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier.
The water district, which has been issued at least two federal subpoenas for records, has contracted with a subsidiary of Anaheim-based Willdan Group to conduct the agency's fiscal operations. The LA Times reported earlier this year that the subsidiary, Willdan Financial Services, was one of several companies whose records were subpoenaed from the water district.
Willdan Group hired Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray as senior vice president of business development and government affairs in 2011, just weeks before Willdan Financial Services won the contract to run the water district's fiscal operations. The company has made several campaign contributions to water district board members.
Murray did not return a call seeking comment. Robert Lavoie, a Willdan attorney, said that Murray has had no dealings with Willdan Financial Services and was not involved in the district granting contracts to the company.
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