Disgraced former Bell city manger Robert Rizzo Monday pleaded guilty to charges that he filed a false federal income-tax return.
Former Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo appeared before a judge Monday for an initial federal court appearance.
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.
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.
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager for Bell, will likely have plenty of money when he gets out of jail, according to a published report.
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.