A scholarship value almost $100,000 may turn out to be a difficulty within the Los Angeles mayoral race, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The scholarship was awarded by the College of Southern California to Consultant Karen Bass for a grasp's diploma in social work. Bass, a Democrat, is the favourite within the mayoral race.
The identical scholarship was awarded to former L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the previous dean of USC’s social work program, Marilyn Flynn, who had been indicted on bribery and fraud costs.
Federal prosecutors have made no indication that Bass is below a legal investigation. However prosecutors have now mentioned that Bass’s scholarship and her dealings with USC are “crucial” to their bribery case.
By awarding the scholarship to Bass in 2011, Flynn needed to acquire the congresswoman’s help in passing laws, prosecutors wrote in a latest court docket submitting. Bass later sponsored a invoice in Congress that might have expanded USC’s and different personal universities’ entry to federal funding for social work—“simply as defendant Flynn needed,” the submitting states.
Bass denied wrongdoing. “Everyone is aware of that the welfare of youngsters and households has been a ardour and coverage focus of mine for many years,” she mentioned. “The one purpose I studied nights and weekends for a grasp’s diploma was to turn out to be a greater advocate for youngsters and households—interval.”