L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, former USC dean indicted for bribery

Mark Ridley Thomas attends the 6th Anniversary Of MLK Community Health Foundation's "Sharing The Dream" Luncheon at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 18, 2019.
Mark Ridley Thomas attends the 6th Anniversary Of MLK Community Health Foundation's "Sharing The Dream" Luncheon at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 18, 2019. Photo credit Leon Bennett/Getty Images

A federal grand jury indicted Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas Wednesday and a former dean at USC, accusing them of a bribery scheme concerning university admissions and millions of dollars in contracts.

The charges accuse him of conspiring with the university's ex-dean of social work, Marilyn Louise Flynn, during his tenure as a member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

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Prosecutors said Ridley-Thomas pushed through millions of dollars in contracts that benefited the university in exchange for admitting his son Sebastian to the school along with a full-tuition scholarship, a paid teaching position, and an insider scheme to funnel Ridley-Thomas’ campaign funds through USC and on to a non-profit his son would operate, according to the Department of Justice.

“This indictment charges a seasoned lawmaker who