Former city manager of Bell, Calif., gets 12 years on state corruption charges

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Residents of corruption-plagued Bell, Calif., denounced former Robert Rizzo, the former city manager, as he was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.
Frances Burns

City manager of Bell, Calif., sentenced on federal tax charges

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- A federal judge told the former city manager of Bell, Calif., he will not get a "bulk discount" on sentencing for his large-scale theft.
Frances Burns

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

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.
Frances Burns
Angela Spaccia convicted in Bell corruption scandal

Angela Spaccia convicted in Bell corruption scandal

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The former city manager of Bell, Calif., accused of being the architect of the corruption scandal that nearly bankrupted the small blue-collar city in the suburbs of Los Angeles, was found guilty of 11 felony counts Monday.
Gabrielle Levy

Former Bell, Calif., assistant city administrator guilty

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Jurors in Los Angeles Monday found Angela Spaccia, former assistant city administrator of Bell, Calif., guilty of 11 felony counts involving corruption.

Former Bell, Calif., official testifies salary high but not illegal

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Angela Spaccia testified at her corruption trial her $500,000 a year salary as assistant city administrator of Bell, Calif., was excessive but not criminal.

Mistrial declared in Bell, Calif., case

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles judge presiding over the Bell, Calif., corruption trial declared a mistrial, saying "all hell has broken loose" with the divided jury.

Five of so-called Bell Six convicted

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- A jury Wednesday found five of the so-called Bell Six -- former Bell, Calif., City Council members accused of corruption -- guilty on multiple counts.

Bell city manager blamed for pay scam

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Former Bell, Calif., City Council members on trial for misappropriating funds say the city manager duped them into thinking their actions were legal.

Some charges dropped in Calif. pay scandal

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge Tuesday dismissed felony charges against a former Bell, Calif., mayor and a city council member for taking cash loans from Robert Rizzo.

Bell, Calif., official sues for back pay

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The former city administrator of Bell, Calif., brought down in a pay scandal last year, is suing the city for breach of contract.

Bankrupt Bell has $4.5 M pension account

BELL, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- A California city on the brink of bankruptcy has $4.5 million in a special pension fund set up by its former administrator, grand jury transcripts reveal.

Bell, Calif., real estate deal scrutinized

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Officials in Bell, Calif., the city notorious for its high-cost government, paid double for a tract of land that was never redeveloped, investigators say.

More charges for Bell city manager?

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- A prosecutor presented evidence Tuesday that the former city manager of Bell, Calif., had a corrupt business relationship with Bell's former planning director.

Bell officials ordered to stand trial

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- Four former Bell, Calif., officials were ordered Thursday to stand trial for receiving paychecks a judge called illegal.

Clerk says she was ordered to fudge papers

BELL, Calif., March 4 (UPI) -- Bell, Calif., City Clerk Rebecca Valdez says former city manager Robert Rizzo ordered her to doctor his employee contracts.

Judge won't step down in corruption case

BELL, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A California judge Tuesday refused to recuse himself from a second set of hearings in the Bell corruption trial.

Bell city clerk tells of false documents

BELL, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The city clerk of Bell, Calif., said former City Administrator Robert Rizzo ordered her to falsify documents relating to city officials' salaries.

Bell clerk ordered to give false data

BELL, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The city clerk for Bell, Calif., testified Thursday the city administrator told her to give the public false information that hid city officials' high salaries.

Ousted official bounced from unpaid job

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An official ousted from his job in Bell, Calif., in a scandal has lost a volunteer job at a surfing museum, where a docent said he "won't be coming back ever."

Fired Bell city manager wants more money

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Robert Rizzo, who resigned as city manager of Bell, Calif., after his huge salary was revealed, may be due more money, his lawyer says.

Calif. city manager makes $2M bail

BELL, Calif., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Robert Rizzo, the former Bell, Calif., city manager charged with 53 corruption counts, was released from jail, a Los Angeles County judge ordered.

Audit: Bell tax hike paid city hall raises

BELL, Calif., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- An audit released Wednesday says officials in the California city of Bell raised taxes and fees to finance more than $1 million in raises they gave themselves.
Brown sues over alleged pay excesses

Brown sues over alleged pay excesses

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- California Attorney General Jerry Brown demanded Wednesday local officials in the city of Bell return thousands of dollars in allegedly excessive pay.

Probe of Bell, Calif., officials widens

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors say they are looking into alleged voter fraud and conflicts of interest in Bell, Calif., embroiled in a City Hall pay scandal.
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