Grand Jury Indicts Rizzo, Spaccia On Additional Fraud Charges

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant, Angela Spaccia, on additional charges of misappropriating public funds, conflict of interest, falsifying public documents and secreting public documents.

The indictment, which was returned Tuesday, charges Rizzo and Angela Spaccia with seven new felony counts. Rizzo is also charged with an additional conflict of interest count.

The two, who pleaded not guilty, were already awaiting trial on charges alleging that they and other former Bell city officials misappropriated public funds.

The indictment alleges that Spaccia drafted employment contracts for herself and Rizzo that gave them both significant pay raises without the City Council’s approval, and that Rizzo ordered the creation of false contracts dividing his salary into five parts to make it look like his salary was “much smaller than it was.”

The indictment also alleges that Rizzo and Spaccia falsified documents purporting to be contracts for former police Chief Randy Adams and hid documents indicating that he was being paid nearly $10,000 more per pay period.

Rizzo and Spaccia were charged last September along with Mayor Oscar Hernandez, council members Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal and Luis Artiga and former council members Victor Bello and George Cole in a case accusing them of bilking taxpayers out of roughly $5.5 million through lofty salaries, benefits and illicit loans of public money.

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  1. Ramalamma says:

    So not related tot he story, but am I the only person who is just totally bothered by these huge pop up ads?? I don’t even read them because they annoy me so much! Worthless advertising!

    Must have been created by a Muslim, illegal immigrant, Canadian farm worker…

    That was SARCASM for those who do not know better…

  2. Marco says:

    So tell me again why the Police Chief hasn’t been brought up on charges?

    Was he a friend of the former govenors?

    1. Antonio Villaraigosa says:

      Actually he is good friend ‘s with the Drunk D.A. Steve Cooley

  3. d says:

    Um I got no popups might want to scan your system for malware

    1. Ramalamma says:

      Ah, hell….

  4. Fight Corruption says:

    Spaccia needs a good smack in the mouth to wake her up. If she thinks that BS interview she did is going to create any sympathy for her she is as dumb as she is guilty.

    Her idiot attorney is nuts if he doesn’t think there will be a half a dozen people waiting to testify that Spaccia was double dipping when she was working for both Maywood and Bell at the same time. By the way, Spaccia is the reason Maywood disbanded its police department because the greedy Maywood city counsel thought they would be able to raise their salaries like the crooked Bell council and Spaccia was there to show them how to do it.

    I hope Spaccia Burns in hell.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    THE MAN AND HIS MANY ASSOCIATE$… ALL GANGSTERS & PIMPS !!! THE BIG THE CALIFORNIA STATE HORSE RACING ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN QUIET ABOUT THIS SCANDAL… THIS WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE IN WHO GETS TAKEN DOWN NEXT… WHITE COLAR CRIMES DOLLAR$ CAN AND WILL MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE SHUT UP!!!!

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