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FBI Says Calif. Senator Took Bribes From Undercover Agents

State Senator Leland Yee allegedly accepted at least $42,800 in cash and campaign contributions in exchange for favors

California State Senator Leland Yee accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents in exchange for specific favors, the FBI said in a court document released Wednesday.

Yee was arrested Wednesday in a series of raids in northern California. He was charged along with a campaign aide with multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud, the Associated Press reports.

Yee is alleged to have accepted bribes in the form of cash and campaign contributions in exchange for helping clients get contracts, making connections, and influencing legislation. The FBI says the bribes began in 2011.


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