In a presidential election year, the passions and possibilities of the political process are naturally front and center. Scrutiny falls on candidates at every level, whether seeking a school board spot, the White House or something in between.
California congressman Ami Bera's father was recently sentenced to serve a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty in May 2016 to making nearly $270,000 in illegal contributions to his son's 2010 congressional campaign. The elder Bera, who is 83 years old, was sentenced on Aug. 18 in federal court in Sacramento.
On Aug. 8, a 56-year-old film producer in California agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of interstate transportation of stolen property as part of a plea deal. The felony offense is related to the producer's alleged embezzlement of $1.5 million from Yucaipa Corporate Initiatives Fund, an investment fund run by billionaire Ron Burkle.