Disputes $712 charge after making $100,000 salary

BELL (CBS/AP) — The mayor of the scandal-plagued city of Bell says he’s being overcharged for court documents as he fights charges that he and others looted his city out of millions of dollars.

Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez disputes the $712 charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office for copying documents and recorded prosecution interviews.

Hernandez made about $100,000-a-year until a salary scandal prompted Bell officials to slash their pay earlier this year.

He and seven others are charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

His attorney, Stanley L. Friedman, filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to reduce the bill, calling it “billing on steroids.”

District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says the price covers duplication costs and isn’t unusual.

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Comments (6)
  1. Barry Cohen says:

    Fees on steroids seem appropriate in this particular instance of receiving fees on steroids. Is that sourness a taste of one’s own medicine?

  2. Lydia says:

    It seems like “rats can’t smell their cheese”.

  3. Don says:

    Ohhhh, you’re just a working stiff trying to make ends meet, right? Glad the wheels of karma are working on this one.

  4. MO says:

    They will get what’s coming to them. They should all be shackled and put on display in Bell’s town square for everyone to see and throw rotten eggs at. Just look at the anger iin that man’s eyes for getting caught. He made Bell look like a joke. Tme for Bell to save face. Hernandez is gonna get his butt kicked for sure. lol

  5. American 1776 says:

    If you’re looking for sympathy from the taxpayers of Bell, can I suggest you keep looking? We’re all out, just like our tax dollars.

  6. Z Man says:

    Guess the steroids were OK when his cronies were towing cars