26 July 2013. The FBI, Internal Revenue Service, district attorney and U.S. attorney’s office have formed a task force to investigate reports of political corruption in Orange County, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.
The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces campaign reporting laws is believed to be investigation a majority of the Board of Supervisors, as well as the board of CalOptima, the medical insurance program.
Similar task forces have been active in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in recent years, investigating a variety of corruption charges involving elected officials. For example in April the task force in Riverside County served search warrants for the homes of Moreno Valley’s five City Council members as a part of the investigations. Also in April, the Orange County grand jury called for a county ethics commission, citing the county’s 40-year history of corruption. Supervisors rejected the idea and blasted the grand jury, claiming it was mistaken.