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Bell councilman is expected to be released from jail [Update]

October 29, 2010 |  3:23 pm

Bell Councilman George Mirabal, one of eight current and former Bell city officials arrested for allegedly misappropriating public funds, was cleared Friday to be released from county jail after spending more than a month behind bars.

Mirabal Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merritt ruled that the collateral being posted for Mirabal's $260,000 bail, including a house belonging to his girlfriend and promissory notes from her, his son and his son-in-law, were sufficient, said Mirabal's attorney, Alex Kessel.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Edward Miller objected to the plan and argued that the collateral was unsatisfactory, officials said.

Mirabal, 60, who has been in jail since his arrest Sept. 21, was expected to be released Friday afternoon, Kessel said.

Mirabal is among those implicated in the Bell corruption case in which former administrators, the mayor, council members and former council members are charged with misappropriating more than $5.5 million from the small, working-class community.

Former Councilman Victor Bello, 51, remains in jail on $190,000 bail.

[Correction: An early version identified Bello as a current council member]

-- Stephen Ceasar

Photo: George Mirabal

Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department