A judge Friday placed former Bell City Councilman George Mirabal on five years probation and ordered him to serve about one year in jail for bilking taxpayers through an inflated salary.
Five former Bell City Council members Wednesday agreed to accept a plea deal in the city’s corruption scandal.
Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday they plan to retry five former Bell officials convicted of misappropriating public funds.
Prosecutors will now announce on May 29 whether they plant to retry them for corruption charges on which jurors could not reach verdicts.
Jurors in the city of Bell corruption trial have gone home for the weekend after concluding deliberations for the day.
Jurors began deliberating Friday in the case against six former City of Bell officials charged with corruption.
Closing arguments began Wednesday morning in the trial of six City of Bell officials charged with corruption.
Testimony began Friday morning in the fraud trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.
Opening statements were heard Thursday morning in the trial of Bell’s ex-Mayor, Oscar Hernandez, and five former city council members.
Six of Bell’s current and former city officials were ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges of misappropriating public funds.
The crowd outside Bell City Hall erupted in cheers when the City Council for the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb voted to hold a recall election, although many were not happy that they couldn’t watch the historic moment in person.
One of the infamous “Bell Eight” has used a house belonging to his girlfriend as collateral to post bond, but he will be required to give up his passport.