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Charity run by ex-Bell mayor didn't disclose government contracts

August 21, 2010 | 11:18 am
As the city of Bell and surrounding municipalities poured millions of dollars into contracts with a charity run by the former mayor of Bell, the organization filed sworn reports with the state that it was receiving no such money, according to records reviewed by The Times.

Officers of the organization, including George Cole, a former mayor of Bell, signed statements under penalty of perjury that the Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation did not receive any government funding during the three-year period ending June 30, 2009.

But records from Bell, Norwalk, Fontana, Huntington Park and other cities show contracts with the foundation during that period to provide services to senior citizens. Contracts and other records produced by the cities show that they paid the foundation at least $2.6 million combined during the time in question.

The state attorney general's office, which is investigating Bell's finances, has ordered the foundation to immediately disclose which government agencies have directed money its way.

Read the full story here.

-- Patrick McGreevy