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Eight High-Salaried Officials in LA Suburb Arrested for Alleged Misappropriation

Posted Sep 22, 2010 10:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Eight current and former officials of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell were arrested Tuesday on charges of misappropriating more than $5.5 million in public funds.

Among those arrested was former city manager Robert Rizzo, who earned nearly $800,000 a year, according to stories by CNN, the Associated Press and the New York Times.

According to the Times, “The officials were accused, in effect, of turning this city into their personal piggy bank: misappropriating $5.5 million in city money to enrich themselves with pumped-up salaries, illicit loans and big payments to attend committee meetings that lasted just a few minutes, if they were held at all.”

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Calif. AG Sues Officials of Small City Over Their Six-Figure Salaries”

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