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Bell Scandal

These Emails Are VERY Open About Stealing City Money

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 10.23.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former assistant city manager of the corruption-riddled city of Bell used a secret formula concocted by her an...

Bigger Fish To Fry

AP | GREG RISLING and JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.21.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Saying she feared "all hell" had broken loose among jurors, a judge declared a mistrial Thursday on dozens of remaining counts aga...

Ultimate Defense For Financial Crime: I'm Ignorant & Illiterate

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 04.24.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of the scandal-ridden suburban city of Bell had no training that would have alerted him...

'Somebody Just Made This Up Out Of The Blue'

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 03.26.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A half dozen former officials of a scandal-ridden Southern California city heard a prosecutor paint them as thieves Thursday. But ...

Felony Charges Against Former Bell Officials Dropped

AP | Posted 02.28.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A judge dismissed some felony charges against a former mayor and ex-councilman of the scandal-plagued city of Bell who were accused of ...

What Now, Bell?

AP | Posted 01.20.2012 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. -- The California city of Bell says three former police chiefs and other employees received disability pensions worth millions of dollars...

CHUTZPAH!

AP | By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Posted 01.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Public outrage – and changed locks – forced Robert Rizzo out of a job last year, but the former city manager says he's stil...

LA Times Wins Public Service Award For Bell Expose

AP | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Times' investigation of the exorbitant salaries officials of a small California town paid themselves won a Public Ser...

PULITZER: LA Times Wins Prize For Uncovering Bell Scandal

AP | CHRIS HAWLEY | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for revealing that politicians in a small, working-class Califor...

Robert Rizzo's Defense Says He Broke No Law

AP | By LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A lawyer for a former city manager accused of masterminding a scheme to loot millions from the blue-collar California city of Bell says...

Memo Reveals Local Police Ticket Writing 'Baseball Game'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — A police memo appears to outline a game in which officers in a Los Angeles suburb competed to write tickets, impound vehicles and...

Former Police Chief: 'I Am Looking Forward To...Taking All Of Bell's Money'

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The two top officials in the scandal-ridden California city of Bell illegally paid themselves hugely inflated salaries and created...

Bell City Councilman Testifies About Phantom Agencies In Corruption Hearing

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The disgraced former city manager who once earned $1.5 million a year in salary and benefits was the shot-caller who ran the scand...

Bell Corruption Defendants Want City To Pay Legal Bills

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

BELL, Calif. — Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges now want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bi...

Did Bell Pay Salaries Through 'Aggressive' Towing?

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Some community activists in Bell are demanding an independent investigation into complaints that Bell police unfairly towed and impounded cars. Acc...