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Bell officials plead not guilty to charges

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Six former Bell council members pleaded not guilty Friday to charges they misappropriated public funds by receiving large salaries for serving on several boards and commissions that never or rarely met.

Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal -- who were overwhelmingly recalled by Bell voters last week -- entered the pleas along with former council members Luis Artiga, George Cole and Victor Bello. Some of the council members earned about $100,000 annually.

The defendants are all free on varying bail amounts pending a May 3 hearing, where trial issues will be discussed. Separately, ex-City Administrator Robert Rizzo and his assistant, Angela Spaccia, have been ordered to stand trial on a variety of charges of misappropriation of public funds related to more than $5 million in salaries and loans.

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Photo: Bell city council members from left, George Cole, George Mirabal, Teresa Jacobo and mayor Oscar Hernandez and listen during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday Feb. 16 2011. Credit: Brian van der Brug / AP

 
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Max time and get our money back !!!!
They need to be made an example of !!

When defendants are found to be guilty without any reasonable doubt and their plee was "not guilty", they should be punished more fully with the additional penelty for their act of perjury.

Come on now! Did anyone really think they'd do the honorable thing and plead guilty? That would have cut into their 15 minutes of fame (or is that shame?)

what ever happened to let us wait and see. Oh i see the problem, here first let me hold your pitch fork, while you adjust your pillow case over your head. Ahhhhh you can see better now uh...great now go get the rope and will first give ema fair trial, and the a fair hanging...The American Way.....not

Do they not have any shame? Stop wasting tax payer dollars and just plead guilty.


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