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Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

Former Bell council members Lorenzo Velez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo and Mayor Oscar Hernandez listen to residents asking them to resign during a council meeting on July 26, 2010, in Bell, California. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK)

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BELL, Calif. (AP) — The only Bell city councilman not charged with looting the working-class Los Angeles suburb has testified that he doesn’t recall taking part in any meetings of four committees for which the other council members collected tens of thousands of dollars.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird Reports

Councilman Lorenzo Velez testified Tuesday during the second day of a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to have the mayor of Bell and five other past and present members of the City Council stand trial on dozens of fraud charges.

Deputy District attorney Edward Miller questioned Velez about the four committees.

Velez said he couldn’t recall any council member doing any work for any of them or whether any of them ever actually held a meeting.

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