A former USC dean agreed Thursday to plead responsible to bribery, admitting that she organized a bootleg $100,000 cost for Mark Ridley-Thomas when he was on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in return for a USC contract with the county.
Marilyn Flynn, 83, who was dean of USC’s College of Social Work from 1997 to 2018, struck a plea settlement with federal prosecutors that was filed in court docket late Thursday.
Her act of contrition strikes a serious blow to Ridley-Thomas, now a Los Angeles metropolis councilman who has been suspended whereas he awaits trial on federal bribery, fraud and conspiracy costs. It was not instantly clear whether or not Flynn had agreed to testify towards Ridley-Thomas.
Flynn might face a most sentence of 10 years in federal jail, however prosecutors agreed to advocate that she be confined to her dwelling in Los Feliz and fined not more than $150,000.
She admitted to a posh bribery scheme that concerned funneling $100,000 from a Ridley-Thomas marketing campaign committee via USC to a nonprofit that may go the cash alongside to the supervisor’s son, who had lately stepped down as a state assemblyman.
Flynn acknowledged that she organized the cost transfers in return for Ridley-Thomas’ assist of a county contract with the College of Social Work to supply on-line psychological well being providers to sufferers referred by the county.