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.
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.
The former mayor of the city of Bell has a new lawyer to defend him at an upcoming hearing on corruption charges.
Nearly a year and a half after the “Bell 8″ were arrested for alleged excessive salaries and corruption, one official has become the first city council member of the group to speak publicly on the charges.
A judge has given Victor Bello a little more time to apply for a public defender after a series of legal setbacks.
A judge refused Thursday to dismiss a corruption case against five former Bell City Council members charged with misappropriating funds to overpay themselves.
The last figure jailed in the Bell corruption case has been freed. Victor Bello’s attorney says the former mayor was released from Los Angeles County jail shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Voicing concern that Bello’s custody status was too “punitive”, the judge reduced the amount from $190,000 to $100,000.