October 20, 2021
Veteran LA City councilman hit with corruption charges
LOS ANGELES (INT) - Longtime politician Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of the School of Social Work at USC were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The indictment alleges a bribery scheme in which a Ridley-Thomas relative received substantial benefits from the university in exchange for Ridley-Thomas supporting county contracts and lucrative contract amendments with the university while he served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Ridley-Thomas, 66, is now a member of the Los Angeles City Council.

The 20-count indictment alleges that he conspired with Marilyn Louise Flynn, formerly a tenured professor and the dean of USC's School of Social Work, who agreed to provide the Ridley-Thomas relative with graduate school admission, a full-tuition scholarship, a paid professorship, and a mechanism to funnel Ridley-Thomas campaign funds through the university to a non-profit to be operated by the relative.

In exchange, Ridley-Thomas allegedly supported contracts involving the Social Work School.
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