Los Angeles mayoral candidate Karen Bass’ full scholarship for a graduate program is being used as “critical” evidence in a separate federal fraud and corruption investigation, the Los Angeles reported Wednesday. Times.
Bass, a Democratic congresswoman from California, was admitted in 2011 on a full ride worth more than $95,000 for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC), reported the LA Times in November 2021. Now prosecutors say Bass’ scholarship and relationship with USC are ‘critical’ to an investigation involving former Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and the former dean of social work at the ‘USC Marilyn Louise Flynn, who were indicted in October 2021 for fraud and corruption. loads, taking reported Wednesday. (RELATED: Soft-On-Crime Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Makes Massive Gains Among White Liberals: POLL)
The California Democrat has not been charged with any wrongdoing, according to the LA Times.
Bass reportedly did not apply for the scholarship and Flynn personally chose to give it to him, the The LA Times reported. Flynn admitted Bass in hopes the congresswoman would help him pass legislation, prosecutors claimed in court filings, the LA Times reported.
It is unclear what this legislation was, but Bass subsequently co-sponsored a bill in 2014 called the Child Welfare Workforce Partnership Act which develop The ability of USC and other private colleges to receive funding for social work, the outlet noted. The 2014 bill did not pass nor did the legislation pass.
It’s unclear which specific transactions Bass prosecutors would consider “critical” to their separate investigation. However, prosecutors intend to use these transactions as a representation of corruption in USC’s social work program, the LA Times reported.
The investigation of Ridley-Thomas and Flynn is linked to their charge after Thomas allegedly conspired to direct county dollars to USC in exchange for admitting his son to the school for a full ride, according to court documents. Both have plead not guilty.
A spokesperson for Bass did not respond to a request for comment, nor did his campaign or the U.S. District for the Central District of California.
Bass led his Democratic opponent Rick Caruso, a businessman, 43% to 31% in August survey by UC Berkley’s Institute for Government Studies which surveyed 1,700 registered voters. The poll had an error of plus or minus three points.
Ridley-Thomas and Flynn did not respond to requests for comment. USC did not immediately respond.
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