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Former City Councilman Sentenced To Home Confinement In Bell Corruption Scandal

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.

CBS Los Angeles–07/23/2014

Five former Bell City Council members, George Mirabal (C), (2L-R) Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello, were found guilty last year of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries in one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Five Former Bell Officials Accept Plea Deal In Corruption Case

Five former Bell City Council members Wednesday agreed to accept a plea deal in the city’s corruption scandal.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/09/2014

Five former Bell City Council members, George Mirabal (C), (2L-R) Teresa Jacobo, George Cole, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello, were found guilty last year of stealing public money by paying themselves extraordinary salaries in one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. (Photo credit: Irfan Khan-Pool/Getty Images)

Prosecutors Want Retrial In Bell Corruption Case

Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to retry five former Bell officials convicted of misappropriating public funds.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/21/2013

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Hearing Postponed For 5 Former Bell Corruption Defendants

Prosecutors will now announce on May 29 whether they plant to retry them for corruption charges on which jurors could not reach verdicts.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/23/2013

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Jurors To Resume Deliberations Monday In Bell Corruption Trial

Jurors in the city of Bell corruption trial have gone home for the weekend after concluding deliberations for the day.

03/01/2013

Bell California City Council Members Arraigned On Corruption Charges

Jury Deliberations Begin In City Of Bell Corruption Case

Jurors began deliberating Friday in the case against six former City of Bell officials charged with corruption.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/22/2013

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Closing Arguments Begin In Bell Corruption Trial

Closing arguments began Wednesday morning in the trial of six City of Bell officials charged with corruption.

CBS2 / KCAL9–02/20/2013

Eight current and former Bell city officials were arrested Tuesday. (credit: CBS)

Testimony Begins In Bell Fraud Trial

Testimony began Friday morning in the fraud trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/25/2013

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Fraud Trial Of Former Bell Mayor And 5 Ex-Council Members Begins

Opening statements were heard Thursday morning in the trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.

CBS2 / KCAL9–01/24/2013

Bell City Hall

Bell City Hall Stays Open During Trial

LOS ANGELES (CBS) – The city of Bell’s interim administrative officer pledges that the doors to City Hall “will remain open,” in spite of a judge’s order requiring the mayor and two council members to […]

02/17/2011

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)

Trial Ordered For 6 Of Bell’s Current, Former City Officials

Six of Bell’s current and former city officials were ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges of misappropriating public funds.

02/16/2011

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Bell Leaders Want City To Pay Their Legal Bills

Three present and former Bell city leaders facing public corruption charges want the cash-strapped city to pay their legal bills.

01/11/2011