BELL (CBS) — Days after council members of this embattled city were arrested on corruption charges, a new report says the former police chief falsely declared himself disabled in order to reduce taxes on his pension plan.
Former Bell police Chief Randy Adams, who was making $457,000 a year when he resigned in midst of the city
salaries scandal, reportedly crafted a lucrative tax angle for retirement by declaring back, knee and neck problems that could net him millions in tax-free pension income when he retires, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times says Adams struck a deal with then-City Administrator Robert Rizzo to secure city support for the chief’s planned application for a disability pension. Rizzo was arrested on corruption charges Tuesday.
Adams had earlier filed for a non-disability retirement as he prepared to leave his job as Glendale police chief, but he rescinded the application when he got the Bell job in July 2009.