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Three local and state law enforcement agencies have taken action against Bell's leaders. Their investigations have led to tax rollbacks, a lawsuit to recover improper loans and bloated salaries, and -- in the most dramatic step yet -- the filing of dozens...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe new boss kept his office spartan and impersonal, the walls stripped of photos, the desk conveying no hint of his life beyond the red-brick walls of City Hall. It was 1993, a bleak, recession-bit year, and Robert Rizzo arrived in Bell trailing the...
KTLA NewsLOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- The former city clerk for scandal-ridden Bell admitted on the stand Thursday that she provided false salary figures to a resident who demanded to know what the city manager and city council members were paid. Rebecca Valdez, who has...
Associated PressSix current and former officials charged with ripping off millions of dollars from the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb of Bell have been ordered to stand trial on fraud charges. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry Hall ordered the six to trial...
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L.A. NOWThen-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo gave city loans of nearly $400,000 to two businesses without public discussion, approval from the City Council or collateral to back the loans, according to documents reviewed by The Times. One of the loans, $300,000......
L.A. NOWBell residents cheered the announcement Wednesday that state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown had filed a lawsuit against eight top city officials, calling it a day of justice for residents. "Justice at last," resident Ludibina Hernandez said. "They stole from the....
L.A. NOWEight current and former Bell city leaders were arrested Tuesday on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community as prosecutors accused them of treating the city’s money as their personal piggy bank. The...
All eight in Bell corruption case appear in court; Rizzo held in medical facility, attorney says [Updated]L.A. NOWDressed in various shades of jail-issued clothing, eight current and former Bell city officials appeared in court Wednesday morning but did not enter pleas in a sweeping public-corruption case. An attorney for former City Administrator Robert Rizzo...
L.A. NOWFive current and former Bell city officials remained behind bars Thursday -- two days after they were charged with public corruption. Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo was released on $260,000 bail, and Councilman Luis Artiga was released on $120,000 bail....
L.A. NOWA Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Friday denied a bail proposal by former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo, who is being held on $2-million bond. Meanwhile, former Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia was expected to post bail sometime...
L.A. NOWThe Securities and Exchange Commission is the latest agency to investigate Bell, launching a probe into the sale of three city bonds totaling $70 million. The investigation comes after California state auditors raised questions about how the bond money...
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