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Robert Rizzo cashed in vacation and sick pay at $304 an hour, Bell officials claim


Calling its former top administrator an embezzler who stole millions from the city treasury, the city of Bell on Wednesday took legal action against Robert Rizzo, alleging unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

The complaint seeks to have Rizzo return millions to the city.

"Robert Rizzo embezzled, stole and misappropriated millions of dollars in city funds by obtaining grossly excessive and completely unwarranted compensation packages," the complaint alleges.

Rizzo, who resigned in July after The Times revealed his lucrative salary, is one of eight people charged in a public corruption case by the Los Angeles County district attorney. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown also is suing Rizzo and others over the alleged misappropriation of public money.

The cross-complaint was filed in response to a complaint filed by Rizzo last month seeking to be indemnified by the city. Jamie Casso, Bell's interim city attorney, said the city was seeking to have that request tossed out.

The complaint accuses Rizzo of fattening his paycheck by creating his own contracts, assigning portions of his salary to various agencies and — each year — cashing in approximately 107 days of vacation and 36 days of sick time at $304 an hour.

Read more: "Bell seeks millions from Rizzo."


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Photo: Robert Rizzo in court. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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For some reason, I'm guessing that creepy rizzo's either hidden or spent tons of vacation cash already so Bell won't get much if anything back.

What does he think he is? A lawyer?

So what he earned it!!
I am so sick of people getting in this poor guys business he has every right to graft the city of bell and for that purpose so does any public servant! That is there right, to steal and rob from the people any chance they get , I mean what do we expect honesty and integrity in the public sector ??

Time for some justice, huh fat-boy?

This pie faced pig should have to clean the streets of Bell, with a toothbrush. What ARROGANCE, WHAT GREED!
GOD has a special box in HELL for this one.




This corruptocrat needs to be stripped of every dime he and his trough feeding family owns. All their funds. All their property. His "pensions". He needs to sit his fat rear end in some jail for the rest of his life for what he's done to the citizens of Bell.

I am surprised that any attorney would want to represent him. The evidence against Rizzo is very well documented. The State should make Rizzo pay for the court costs as well when found guilty. Rizzo actually pleaded innocent and wants Bell to defend him?!?

Don't pick on him. Librarian and Assistant City Attorney for San Diego gamed the pension system for more than this and they are scott free with no action by CALPERS or anyone:


Government monitoring government, how foolish can the citizens be?


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