BELL (AP) — A report reveals the scandal-ravaged city of Bell is teetering on the brink of insolvency and drastic cuts in city services likely will be necessary to repair its finances.

The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that the report by the Los Angeles County auditor-controller is expected to be released next month. The findings were discussed with The Times by officials familiar with its contents who spoke on condition of anonymity because the document remains under seal.

The audit found that the city has been running a deficit of several million dollars over at least the last three years under former Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo.

Rizzo and seven other current and former city officials have been charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

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Comments (3)
  1. Thomas Bleming says:

    We should enact laws that mandate the death penalty for any public official who steals money or who uses their office to acquire ill gotten financial monetary gain.

  2. D417 says:

    They’ll get probation. They deserve life in prison and restitution to pay back every penny they stole, but we all know they’ll get a slap on the wrist while all the people they were elected to serve suffer. The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

  3. D Rod says:

    If we did that, we’d have a lot of dead politicians.

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