8 Plead Not Guilty To Looting Bell City Funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight current and former officials have pleaded not guilty to looting millions of dollars from California’s modest blue-collar city of Bell.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merritt ordered them Thursday to return to court Dec. 8 for a preliminary hearing. None of the eight, including Bell’s mayor, vice mayor and ousted city manager spoke except to say “yes” when Merritt asked if they were agreeable to the hearing date.

The not guilty pleas were entered by their attorneys.

An additional hearing was scheduled for Friday for one of the defendants, Councilman George Mirabal, so his lawyer could discuss pretrial motions. A scheduling conflict kept Mirabal’s chief attorney from appearing in court with him Thursday.

Only two of the defendants, Mirabal and former Councilman Victor Bello, are still in custody.

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  • Daniel

    Get the impression that the City manager was the master mind and some of these people were clueless as to the reality of what was going on. Lets remember that it is “innocent until proven guilty” the media surely has already had its trial…..

    • bugman

      overweight party animal living the good life in H.B.! dui on top? I agree, mastermind! calpers I here is doing good for retieries!

  • Oscar


  • Stimpy

    Clueless? These people knew exactly what they were doing. All the council people seem to have been born in Mexico. We should check their status.

    Vernon is another corrupt city.

    But that is what this country is built on. Get what you can now and worry later.

    • Polly

      Stumpy your “seem to have been born in Mexico” is not factual
      Rizzo is an Italian name

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