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Three current and former Bell officials freed on bail; five remain behind bars

September 23, 2010 |  1:08 pm

Five 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. Former Councilman George Cole was also out on bail as of Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jail database

Former City Administrator Robert Rizzo; his former assistant, Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilman George Mirabal and former Councilman Victor Bello remained behind bars.

On Thursday, a judge reduced Rizzo's bail from $3.2 million to $2 million.

Rizzo's attorney said the high bail was unfair because Rizzo was not a flight risk and did not commit a violent crime, but the judge said the accusations against former city manager warranted high bail.

"The charged offenses are, in my opinion, extremely serious," said Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor.

Rizzo must prove his bail money did not come from ill-gotten funds taken from the city.

-- Shelby Grad


Photos: Arrests in Bell