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Former Bell assistant city administrator released on bail

September 24, 2010 | 10:15 pm

Spaccia The former Bell assistant city administrator, who was accused of misappropriating more than $1.3 million in public funds, was released from custody Friday night after posting bond.

Angela Spaccia, 52, is one of eight current and former Bell city leaders arrested this week on suspicion of misappropriating more than $5.5 million in public funds even as they were paid some of the nation’s highest municipal salaries.

Spaccia, who was earning $376,288 a year from Bell and also served as neighboring Maywood’s interim administrator, has also been accused of taking more than $230,000 in illegal loans from Bell.

She posted a bond of $350,000 at the criminal courts building in Los Angeles and was released from the the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on Friday evening.

Spaccia was the fourth of the eight to post bail. The others remain in custody.

-- Teresa Watanabe

Photo: Angela Spaccia during an arraignment hearing Wednesday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times