California State Democratic Party Secretary resigns amid Anaheim Stadium Corruption Scandal

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A California Democratic party leader linked to a sprawling corruption investigation of the proposed sale of Anaheim Stadium land announced late Sunday her resignation from state and national party offices.
[Melahat] Rafiei, who has been accused of trying to bribe public officials in a mushrooming federal corruption probe, is also leaving her post as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She did not respond Sunday to a request for comment, but acknowledged in the letter that she was a confidential witness in the FBI probe of the proposed $320-million sale of Angel Stadium land.

Federal investigators said in a court filing that they believe there was fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, witness tampering and other corruption in the negotiations between Anaheim and the Angels over the proposed sale.
Fellow Democrats had also called for Rafiei, a political consultant, to resign her party posts. Rafiei told the Voice of OC that she was the unnamed confidential witness, dubbed “CW1,” mentioned in the FBI affidavits filed in court this month. FBI investigators said in an affidavit that while the CW1 had cooperated with their inquiry for a time, the witness was complicit in corruption and no further cooperation is expected.
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