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Bell officials accused of corruption to be arraigned

October 21, 2010 |  8:17 am

 

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Eight current and former Bell city officials are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on public corruption charges.

It will be their first court appearance in nearly a month, and it's unclear whether prosecutors or defense attorneys would provide new evidence.

Here's a look at the defendants:

Former City Manager Robert Rizzo, 56, arrested on 53 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and falsification of documents, including allegations that he wrote his employment contract without council approval. Of those counts, 44 involve the misappropriation of more than $2.5 million in public funds, including awarding $1.9 million in unauthorized loans to himself, city employees and two council members.

Former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia, 52, arrested on four felony counts involving misappropriation of more than $1.3 million in public funds, including taking more than $230,000 in illegal loans from the city.

Mayor Oscar Hernandez, 63, arrested on 21 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, mostly related to alleged fake meetings of city boards that inflated council members' pay to nearly $8,000 a month between January 2006 and July 2010. Hernandez allegedly misappropriated $262,848. One of the felony counts relates to $20,000 he received from the city, a loan approved by Rizzo.

Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo, 52, arrested on 20 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to alleged fake meetings of city boards. Jacobo allegedly misappropriated $262,848.

Councilman George Mirabal, 61, arrested on 20 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to alleged fake meetings of city boards. Mirabal allegedly misappropriated $262,848.

Councilman Luis Artiga, 49, arrested on 13 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to alleged fake meetings of city boards. Artiga allegedly misappropriated $129,272 and obtained a $20,000 loan from the city.

Former Councilman Victor Bello, 51, arrested on 16 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to alleged fake meetings of city boards. Bello allegedly misappropriated $193,563.

Former Councilman George Cole, 60, arrested on 12 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds related to alleged fake meetings of city boards. Cole allegedly misappropriated $133,576.

-- Shelby Grad

 Photo: L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

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