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Jerry Brown expands investigation into Bell, subpoenas nine current and former city officials

August 9, 2010 | 11:44 am

Jerry brown Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown announced Monday he is expanding his investigation into the activities of officials in Bell to include allegations of voter fraud involving absentee ballots.

The Times last week reported allegations from Bell voters that city officials had told them how to vote on their absentee ballots, filled them out for some voters and picked up completed ballots from other voters, apparently in violation of the state election code.

In addition, Brown said his office was serving subpoenas Monday on nine current and former Bell officials to compel them to give depositions and to turn over federal and state income tax returns, records relating to pay and pension benefits, gifts they have received and documents relating to bank accounts and business interests.

Brown also issued a subpoena for records involving the city's former law firm, Best, Best and Krieger.

This is the second set of subpoenas the attorney general has issued. Late last month he issued subpoenas for documents from Bell.

-- Jeff Gottlieb

Photo: Jerry Brown. Credit: Los Angeles Times