First offical in corruption-plagued Bell, Calif., sentenced to prison

Former assistant city manager of Bell, Calif., gets 11 years and eight months for misappropriating public funds.
By Frances Burns   |   April 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Angela Spaccia, who was paid more than half a million dollars annually as assistant city manager, has become the first Bell, Calf., official to be sentenced.

A judge imposed a term of 11 years and 8 eight months Thursday. Spaccia, who was jailed after her conviction in December, appeared in court in an orange inmate uniform.

Bell, a city of about 35,000 in Los Angeles County, became notorious in 2010 when the Los Angeles Times reported its officials were getting unusually high salaries. The city manager, Robert Rizzo, got close to $800,000, more than twice President Obama's salary, and the police chief, Randy Adams, got $467,000, a bigger paycheck than his Los Angeles counterpart.

During her trial, Spaccia said her salary, $564,000, did not break the law. It was increased by cashing out unused vacation time -- she was given 26 weeks -- and sick days.

"Her testimony at trial was outrageous, and clearly shows that she has nothing but contempt for the judicial system," prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum. "Defendant Spaccia has been lying and getting away with it for so long that it was inconceivable to her that she would ever be caught, let alone punished."

Spaccia was convicted of misappropriating public funds.

[Los Angeles Times]

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