Ex-Bell Chief Rizzo Makes Court Appearance After Plea Bargain

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo appeared before a judge Monday for an initial federal court appearance.

In a plea deal with federal prosecutors announced in October, Rizzo agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges, admitting he declared bogus losses of more than $600,000.

Rizzo previously pleaded no contest to 69 counts of corruption in state court.

Earlier this month, a jury found Rizzo’s former assistant chief administrative officer Angela Spaccia guilty of 11 counts of public corruption.

Upon entering a guilty plea to the two felony charges, Rizzo will face a maximum statutory sentence of eight years in federal prison.

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