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

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

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There's an old saying, "Scratch a liar, Find a thief"! Pervasive corruption & greed.

I wonder if Rizzo has taken that much needed vacation, (drained all accounts as well), to Italy or other points off the North American Continent? I just heard an entire box cars of the 'Other Shoe' just hitting the floor.

With any luck, all this additional fraud will lead to criminal charges. Hey - one can hope.

I just want to know how many years these thieves will spend in prison, and by the way Pelosi you really needed to drain the swamp in your own state first Botox Bimbo

We all knew this was coming. There's no way they were simply going to settle for looting the city treasury via their paychecks.

At least eight individuals with strong ties with Rizzo still work for the city. I have made the effort to meet with Assemblyman Hector DeLaTorre to voice concern. He represents Bell in Sacramento. Thus far, however, he has been reluctant to meet.

A combination of apathy and cowardice allowed this situation to develop. Today, it is "business as usual." The public should know that the new era of transparency is choreographed to the needs of those running Bell. Now is the time for elected officials to take a stand. Perhaps our erstwhile public servants should consult with a lesson in history. To wit: 1775, Lexington Green, militia Captain John Parker, seeing the Red Coats advance, knowing what the day might bring, entreated his men, "If it is a war they want, let it begin here."

Come on, you so-called leaders. You are here to serve. Serve, but never take.

Those who don't fight the problem (possibly) have ties to the problem.


name ONE politician you trust, beside obaama.

Wow, talk about a bottomless pit of corruption! Makes sense, I suppose. These cretins had many years to push the envelope, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear of more outrageous acts of greed coming out of Bell and the surrounding communities. As we've now come to learn, jacking up their salaries was only the beginning of their betrayal of the public trust.

It's also clear that they all cooperated -- read conspired -- to steal from their constituents any way they could. For that reason, I hope and expect the feds to step in and file federal corruption, conspiracy, voter fraud and racketeering charges. That will be a welcome sight, as federal charges have a lot more teeth to them than state. Rizzo, Spaccia, and their cronies on the city council will be facing extended prison terms, and nobody should shed a single tear for them.

The statements made by Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation Chief Financial Officer Kim Kreft sound very, very fishy. “It sounds like I will only show what I think I should show but not what is required by law and call it a mistake.” I suspect that to become a Chief Financial Officer of a million dollar enterprise as the Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation one could safely assume that the Chief Financial Officer has a bachelor’s degree in finance or possibly a master’s degree. What is happening here is a tactic to delay information and try to get away with only showing minimal documentation about where the money came from. If this plan worked it would be great but if not “LORD HELP THEM.”

The foundation's chief financial officer, Kim Kreft, said she had not seen the attorney general's letter, but any omission of information on disclosure reports would have been unintentional, "a mistake."

I would love to believe the above statement by Kreft but cannot. My common sense will not allow me.

George Cole please come clean and make me eat my words. Please show the residence of Bell and the local merchants that the 24 years served as councilman and Mayor were to serve it fine city residents and were not self serving which seems to be the case with the possible conflicts of interest mentioned above.

Wow, and the stories keep on coming! It has gotten to the point that I seriously do not know what else to expect!


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