A former city councilman was sentenced Wednesday for his involvement in a massive public corruption case that nearly bankrupted the city of Bell, officials said.
Former Bell assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia Thursday was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $8 million in restitution.
Five former Bell City Council members Wednesday agreed to accept a plea deal in the city’s corruption scandal.
Robert Rizzo, the former city administrator of the city of Bell, will plead guilty to federal income tax charges and faces a sentence of eight years in federal prison, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday in United States District Court.
Jurors have found Bell’s former assistant chief administrative officer guilty of 11 counts of public corruption.
Jurors in the corruption trial of former Bell city official Angela Spaccia have complained that one juror is frustrating their deliberations.
A jury on Friday is expected to get the case of Angela Spaccia, former assistant city manager from the tiny city of Bell, whose attorney said in closing arguments that her salary was “staggering” but not criminal.
A jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of the former assistant manager of the corruption-riddled city of Bell.
A Bell city official on trial for corruption has testified she belatedly realized that officials’ salaries in the small blue collar suburb had become insane.
The former assistant city administrator for the city of Bell testified Tuesday it was her former boss who signed off all on all hiring and firing decisions, including contracting a company that paid her son.
Angela Spaccia, seeking to absolve herself of blame for the financial collapse of the city of Bell, testified for a second day Friday about manipulations by her boss, Robert Rizzo, as he built his own personal fiefdom in the small, blue-collar California town.
Former Bell assistant manager Angela Spaccia, who is charged with misappropriation of public funds and other counts, was expected to take the stand in her corruption trial Thursday.
Randy Adams took the stand Wednesday and testified he never questioned the legality of the $457,000 salary he was offered to head the police department of the tiny city of Bell.
Until two weeks ago, Angela Spaccia was the secondary defendant in the Bell city corruption trial, a footnote to the activities of her boss, disgraced City Manager Robert Rizzo who was charged with robbing the small city blind to the tune of more nearly $6 million. Then the unthinkable happened.