#Breaking: L.A. City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas has been indicted on federal charges of taking bribes from a former USC dean in exchange for supporting millions of dollars in contracts with the university when he was on the county Board of Supervisors.
Ridley-Thomas is accused of of conspiring with Marilyn Louise Flynn, then dean of USC’s School of Social Work, to steer money to the school in return for admitting his son Sebastian into grad school with a full-tuition scholarship and a paid professorship. latimes.com/california/sto…
The indictment alleges that Marilyn Louise Flynn, then dean of USC’s School of Social Work, and Mark Ridley-Thomas also concocted a scheme to funnel $100,000 from one of his campaign committees through the university to a nonprofit where his son would work
3 years ago, the @latimes found USC provided a scholarship to Sebastian Ridley-Thomas & appointed him as a professor around the time Mark Ridley-Thomas funneled campaign money through the school that ended up in a nonprofit group run by his son. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is an former state lawmaker who resigned in 2017. A Times investigation found he was the subject of 2 sexual harassment complaints at the time he stepped down and likely made an unwanted sexual advance toward a Capitol staffer latimes.com/politics/la-po…
Mark Ridley-Thomas, 66, one of the most powerful political figures in L.A, and faces charges of conspiracy, bribery, mail and wire fraud.

The criminal charges are the latest in a string of scandals that have marred USC’s reputation in recent years. latimes.com/california/sto…

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