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December 2, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writers
In the first indictment stemming from the FBI's three-year sting investigation at the state Capitol, a former top assistant to the Yolo County sheriff pleaded guilty Thursday to extorting money from local developers in exchange for special treatment by deputies. Shortly after being indicted by a federal grand jury, former Assistant Sheriff Wendell Luttrull appeared in a U.S.
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December 11, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
Marvin Levin, a Sacramento developer who alerted the FBI to corruption in the California Legislature in the 1980s and played a pivotal role in the ensuing sting operation, has died. He was 76. Levin, who had been in declining health for a decade, died Nov. 19 at his home in Tamarac, Fla., said his wife, Janet. For three years, Levin had been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended in 1988 when 30 investigators raided the Capitol offices of four legislators and two legislative aides.
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NEWS
September 1, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writers
An FBI dummy corporation funneled nearly $12,000 in campaign contributions to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and two others through a pair of intermediaries who said Wednesday they were unaware they were participating in a federal sting operation.
NEWS
May 6, 1990
Imagine my disgust this morning, when, returning from my favorite surf spot in Del Mar, I stopped at the Ralphs grocery store on Del Mar Heights Road for breakfast makings and saw a volunteer soliciting signatures to stop the construction of Highway 56!
NEWS
January 7, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Yolo County Sheriff Rod Graham became the first elected official to be indicted in a three-year political corruption probe when a federal grand jury charged him Friday with offering to "manufacture" crime statistics in exchange for campaign contributions.
NEWS
September 22, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Wearing a recording device crammed into a cowboy boot, a Sacramento developer secretly taped dozens of meetings with legislative aides as well as the Yolo County sheriff as he gathered important evidence for the FBI's Capitol sting operation, the businessman told The Times. For three years, Marvin Levin, manager of a proposed $600-million marina/condominum project along the Sacramento River, has been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended Aug.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writers
In early 1986, a stocky, gregarious man with a deep Southern drawl arrived in the state Capitol on a mission. Calling himself Jack Gordon, he told legislators he needed a law passed to help his Alabama company get a special break on state-backed loans to finance a new shrimp-processing plant near Sacramento. Like many outsiders with a financial stake in legislation, he hired a lobbyist and began passing out thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.
NEWS
May 6, 1990
Imagine my disgust this morning, when, returning from my favorite surf spot in Del Mar, I stopped at the Ralphs grocery store on Del Mar Heights Road for breakfast makings and saw a volunteer soliciting signatures to stop the construction of Highway 56!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2010 | Times staff and wire reports
Marvin Levin, a Sacramento developer who alerted the FBI to corruption in the California Legislature in the 1980s and played a pivotal role in the ensuing sting operation, has died. He was 76. Levin, who had been in declining health for a decade, died Nov. 19 at his home in Tamarac, Fla., said his wife, Janet. For three years, Levin had been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended in 1988 when 30 investigators raided the Capitol offices of four legislators and two legislative aides.
MAGAZINE
September 28, 1986 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Judy Pasternak is a Times staff writer.
The pod-mall kings had been out quite late. So before leaving their respective homes for work this morn ing, they had forgotten to call each other for a consultation on the day's attire. Now they are slightly embarrassed. They have arrived at their Brentwood office in nearly identical outfits. It happens when they don't check first. Sam Bachner, the 51-year-old president of La Mancha Development Co.
NEWS
January 7, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Yolo County Sheriff Rod Graham became the first elected official to be indicted in a three-year political corruption probe when a federal grand jury charged him Friday with offering to "manufacture" crime statistics in exchange for campaign contributions.
NEWS
December 2, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writers
In the first indictment stemming from the FBI's three-year sting investigation at the state Capitol, a former top assistant to the Yolo County sheriff pleaded guilty Thursday to extorting money from local developers in exchange for special treatment by deputies. Shortly after being indicted by a federal grand jury, former Assistant Sheriff Wendell Luttrull appeared in a U.S.
NEWS
September 22, 1988 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Wearing a recording device crammed into a cowboy boot, a Sacramento developer secretly taped dozens of meetings with legislative aides as well as the Yolo County sheriff as he gathered important evidence for the FBI's Capitol sting operation, the businessman told The Times. For three years, Marvin Levin, manager of a proposed $600-million marina/condominum project along the Sacramento River, has been an invaluable informant in the sting, which ended Aug.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writers
In early 1986, a stocky, gregarious man with a deep Southern drawl arrived in the state Capitol on a mission. Calling himself Jack Gordon, he told legislators he needed a law passed to help his Alabama company get a special break on state-backed loans to finance a new shrimp-processing plant near Sacramento. Like many outsiders with a financial stake in legislation, he hired a lobbyist and began passing out thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.
NEWS
September 1, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writers
An FBI dummy corporation funneled nearly $12,000 in campaign contributions to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and two others through a pair of intermediaries who said Wednesday they were unaware they were participating in a federal sting operation.
MAGAZINE
September 28, 1986 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Judy Pasternak is a Times staff writer.
The pod-mall kings had been out quite late. So before leaving their respective homes for work this morn ing, they had forgotten to call each other for a consultation on the day's attire. Now they are slightly embarrassed. They have arrived at their Brentwood office in nearly identical outfits. It happens when they don't check first. Sam Bachner, the 51-year-old president of La Mancha Development Co.
NEWS
January 19, 1989 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
Yolo County Sheriff Rod Graham, the first elected official indicted in a three-year political corruption investigation, pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges that he offered to "manufacture" crime statistics in exchange for $3,650 in campaign contributions. After his release without bail, the veteran lawman told reporters that he is innocent and has no intention of resigning from the post he was first elected to in 1982.
NEWS
August 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
Four companies that made or distributed asbestos products must pay punitive damages up to 2 1/2 times their share of compensatory damages, jurors said Monday in the nation's largest consolidation of asbestos personal-injury cases. It was the fourth and final stage of a five-month trial observed closely by judges and attorneys from across the country.
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