Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced Wednesday morning to 12 years in state prison for his role in the Bell corruption scandal.
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.
Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption.
So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The latest was Wednesday’s arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco.
Major issues facing the Legislature, including a water bond and reshaping the state’s rainy day fund, can be addressed this year despite the loss of Democrats’ supermajority.
Four of five former Bell City Council members convicted on corruption charges last year said during a court appearance Friday they need more time to consider a potential plea deal.
Four Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice plead not guilty Monday in a wide-ranging federal probe of alleged abuses inside county jails.
Two Los Angeles County Supervisors warned Tuesday of more to come in the fallout from the FBI’s corruption probe of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
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.
Noguez, who has served as the county assessor since 2010, was placed on leave in the wake of his arrest last October following a year-long corruption investigation by the District Attorney’s office.
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.
A jury of seven women and five men has been chosen to judge the former assistant city manager of Bell on corruption charges.
Jury selection began Monday for a former city of Bell official accused of helping bilk taxpayers out to millions of dollars.
A former city of Bell official accused of helping to bilk taxpayers out of roughly $5.5 million was in court Friday for a pretrial hearing.