Agency manager accused of soliciting bribes in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An employee of the California agency that investigates work-related injuries is accused of soliciting bribes from a construction company in exchange for reducing penalties.

State Attorney General Becerra said Friday that Cal/OSHA district manager Richard Fazlollahi was arrested on bribery charges. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Prosecutors allege Fazlollahi requested, and agreed to receive, a bribe from an unnamed construction firm. In exchange, investigators say, he agreed to reduce penalties the company was facing for workplace safety violations.

The investigation was launched when the construction firm alerted law enforcement.

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