OC Sheriff Carona Indicted For Corruption After FBI Probe

Christine Hanley at the Los Angeles Times is reporting late night that Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona (pictured in a Newport Beach bar with convicted felon Rick Rizzolo, a Chicago Mafia associate) "has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from a lengthy investigation into allegations that he misused his office for financial gain."

Larry Welborn and Peggy Lowe at the Orange County Register report tonight that George Jaramillo, Carona's handpicked ex-No. 2 at the department, secretly pleaded guilty in March in the same FBI corruption probe.

I could say, "I told you so," but I've just finished an 18-hour day of work. More on this historic news tomorrow.

Here are a few reminders that this media outlet told you what you needed to know first about Carona, recently named by the Weekly as one of the "scariest" people in OC:

*Dirty, Stupid or Both: Never mind the photo, Sheriff Carona denies Mafia ties

*Calamity Mike: X-rated recording is latest blunder for OC sheriff

*Blazing Saddles: Sheriff Carona takes his posse on a European tour

*Department of Homeland Stupidity: Master of Disasters Mike Carona breached secret anti-terrorism plans

*Sex, Bribes and Jailhouse Scams: Sheriff Carona working overtime to stop reports he's a serial adulterer

*Internal Affairs: Sheriff Mike Carona and his top deputy planned a dynasty but sex and money got in the way.

*Sheriff Funny Guy: Carona’s ironic reign

*Carona Cover-Up: Sealed records show sheriff's complicity in scandal

*Fourth Sheriff Carona Pal Convicted of Crimes

*Sheriff Con: Carona lied about his complicity in pot-bust scandal

*It's Saturday Night: Do You Know Who Our Sheriff is Hugging?

*Carona Lite

-- R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly / Orange County Weekly

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