BELL, Calif. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by the state attorney general’s office for the appointment of a monitor to control finances in scandal-plagued Bell.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien issued his ruling Monday. City News Service reported Tuesday that the full version of the decision was not immediately available.

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Bell has been adrift since eight former and current officials were charged in September with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

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The attorney general’s office, which is suing the eight for fraud, had asked for an independent monitor to handle Bell finances until residents can elect a new City Council next year.

Bell remains the target of several local, state and federal investigations into several city leaders’ enormous salaries.

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