LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

Bello had been jailed since Sept. 21. A judge last month reduced his bail from $190,000 to $100,000.

Attorney Leo J. Moriarty says that allowed Bello’s son-in-law to obtain bail on more favorable terms.

Bello is one of eight current and former Bell officials accused of looting the LA suburb out of $5.5 million by getting enormous salaries.

On Tuesday, voters recalled four City Council members and refused to re-elect the fifth.

Bello is scheduled for arraignment on March 18. His lawyer says Bello will waive his right to a speedy trial so he can spend more time preparing his defense.

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Comments (7)
  1. Mary says:

    I am glad he was able to meet his Bail obligations so that he can get out and prepare for his defense. The chances of him being found guilty on the charges are probably strong; however, I do not wish for anyone to be locked up unless it is for a violent crime (Rape, Murder, Sexual Assault on a minor, Drug sells, etc.) These men did the unthinkable and their actions were wrong. However, I don’t think jail suits the crime. Why use more tax dollars to House them men. Instead, I think they should have to do 2000 hours of community services in the City of Bell, Pay Restitution, and make a public apology to the public. They should never be able work for the City or hold any other civil position for as long as they live. They should also lose any retirement due to them. I think this would be the appropriate punishment for the crime.

    1. joke says:

      So by your thinking, Madoff should NOT be in jail????
      Better think again what you’re saying.
      They on this council have ruined the city and the 80,000 or so residents. And they shouldn’t be in jail.

      1. Mary says:

        I just think jsil will cost the tax payers millions of dollars to support their prison terms, money California does not have. I think a better punishment would be, 2000 to 4000 hours of communitu service to the City of Bell, (Rizzo to do 4000) restitution, and no retirement at all. Also, they should never be allowed to work for the city, the county, or the state. I would love to see Rizzo volunteering at the Surf Shop again… to me, this is punishment.

  2. steven says:

    it’s great of your comment and opinion on these egoistic and greedy individuals. however, you have to think about the tremendous stress and pain that has resulted from there actions and how it has affected the entire community and many citizens who were directly affected by their actions. I am referring to citizens whose vehicles were sized for no reason, the small business owner who was duped and pressured to pay exorbitant fees for a license or the poor kid whose bike was taken away (which did happen in reality). what i am saying is that it really hurts when you are affected financially by actions that were taken by these politicians. people commit suicide because of financial crisis, it’s not a laughing joke. the common citizen has a family and kids to raise As a matter of fact the chief of police (adams) should also go to jail. these guys can’t be above the law, otherwise it sets society back many years and trust is compromise.

    1. Lenny says:

      Totally agree with Steven.

  3. the wolf says:

    What these people did to their fellow citizens was very bad. They stole money right out of the pockets from the citizens of bell. Bell is a very small community. Mostly mexicans and illegals live there. The police at one time were treating the citizens, badly. I live in one of the sister community. So i am an eyewitness to the maddness, that was going on. The city of bell, is gang infested, drugs and illegals walking around, like it is the thing to do. These group of city council, didn’t care what was going on around them. They like so many local gov’t. was more concern with their pensions, their private parties, staying at the best hotels, etc. I beleive the FBI, should get on their job, and start investigating and also prosecuting all local gov’t. figures, to see if there is any wrong doings while in office.. There is a whole lot of wrong doing in public office. From, the white house on down.to small local gov’t.

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