The six current and former officials facing charges of looting the working-class suburb of Bell were actually highly paid puppets of the Los Angeles suburb’s disgraced city manager, according to the testimony of the lone member of the city council not facing criminal charges.
Eight current and former Bell city officials are due in court Monday for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial on charges that they misappropriated public funds.
A quartet of city officials are free on their own recognizance pending a hearing later this year to determine if there is enough evidence to order them to stand trial.
City officials refused to comment on charges that they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds on Broadway shows, baseball games and other questionable expenses.
Corruption investigations in the modest, blue-collar neighborhoods ringing Los Angeles grew Thursday as state Attorney General Jerry Brown subpoenaed Vernon officials to testify about evidence showing several people paid themselves huge salaries to run a town of about 100 people.
A list of highest-paid Los Angeles County employees is being withheld because some workers are concerned about their safety if salaries are made public.
A judge Wednesday postponed the arraignment of eight current and former Bell city officials charged with misappropriating public funds until Oct. 21.