On October 21, 2016, former California State Senator Ronald S. Calderon was sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of honest services mail fraud.  In his plea agreement, Calderon admitted that he accepted bribe payments from the owner of a Long Beach, California hospital to keep in place California legislation that the hospital owner exploited in a $500 million healthcare fraud scheme.  Calderon also admitted that he accepted bribes from individuals he believed to be associated with an independent film studio, but who were in fact undercover FBI agents.  In exchange for payments to Calderon’s children and a non-profit entity controlled by Calderon and his brother, Calderon agreed to support legislation lowering the production value threshold to receive the California Film Tax Credit from $1 million to $750,000.  Calderon’s brother, Tom Calderon, has also pled guilty to money laundering in connection with the bribery scheme.  United States v. Calderon, No. 2:14cr103 (C.D. Cal.) DOJ Press Release