Skip to comments.Bell officials arrested, prosecutors set to file criminal charges (including Rizzo)
Posted on 09/21/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT by dragnet2
At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested this morning as L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal.
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KFI Los Angeles also just broke the story regarding multiple arrest of City of Bell officials.
Only about 100,000 cities left to go.....
There are hundreds more local govt types that need to be arrested, tried and convicted of fraud in pay and retirement issues. RICO should apply.
Demand your local cities, town and counties make their salaries public...
Force them to put it on the Internet and local papers....
Demand they show over time records, and reveal tax paid benefits for all local government employees.
Hmmm, I wonder what political party these city officials belong to ... ? The author neglected to mention that in the article. /sarc
Of course, if they were Republican it would have read differently. REPUBLICAN city officials were arrested. REPUBLICAN Rizzo collected a salary of $1.5 million ... etc.
I saw the people attending a Bell Council meeting on the news last night. These are what Tea Party members SHOULD be. They’re on the verge of torches and pitchforks there. Heads SHOULD roll there. Let’s hope it has a ripple effect.
Oh my John and Ken will be all over this story when they go on air this afternoon!
Are these the folks who were making like 850,000 a year? I sure hope so. This is basically theft.
This is the most clear and straightforward case of thievery by one of these piss ass cities — but what about all the other cases of no bid contracts and self-dealing, kick backs from unions, etc?
Great news! I hope it spreads like wildfire because this is happening in cities all over the country.
Rizzo and other top city officials stepped down in July after the salary scandal broke. City Council members who were earning nearly $100,000 a year significantly slashed their pay.
These people are much worse than common criminals....
I can't wait to see Rizzo dragged from his horse ranch, into state prison....
Wire fraud. Used public funds to pay back private loans. Maybe grounds to take away pensions.
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A little tin box
That a little tin key unlocks.
There is nothing unorthodox
About a little tin box.
In a little tin box.
A little tin box
That a little tin key unlocks.
There is honor and purity,
Lots of security,
In a little tin box.
Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo - whose nearly $800,000 salary sparked widespread outrage and intense public scrutiny of city practices - was among those arrested Tuesday morning in a sweep by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
No details have been released, but a source not authorized to speak publicly about the case said that Rizzo; former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilmembers Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal; and former Councilmembers George Cole and Victor Bello were among those arrested.
For two months, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and state and federal authorities have investigated Bell, where high salaries for Rizzo and other top officials prompted calls for resignations. The Times reported last month that Rizzo was set to earn more than $1.5 million in 2010. Additionally, he gave loans totaling $1.6 million to more than 50 city officials, including himself.
At least when John Dillenger robbed you, he pointed a gun at you and smiled, but you still knew what his intentions were. The politicians of Bell, CA just smiled at the citizens...and then robbed them.
Sounds like the Bell is cracking................
If he bails, he'll be a flight risk.
We only have about 100,000 more corrupt city governments to investigate.
This is a good start.
Start with the little burg on the Potomac.
The positions are non-partisan but I heard Rizzo was registered as a democrat.
No lubricant for the citizens.
Especially because this is happening in California, I am optimistic that We The People are starting to pay attention to such things.
“Demand your local cities, town and counties make their salaries public...”
We the People should also recieve an annual of OUR pension obligations for OUR public servants
When are they going to arrest state and federal officials for squandering our hard earned money?
“an annual statement...”
All of them are DemocRats !!!
Larger cities will be harder to crack due to the level of government corruption in these large cities, and the fact that half these local government employees are likely being paid off in tax paid funds.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Like Senators and members of Congress?
That's the $60,000 question.
You bet Vicki..
The American tax payers are being gang raped by millions of the government employee tax parasites.
short rope, tall tree.
I think it will end with these characters, hence the high-profile nature of the story. Much back-patting to be had once justice is done with an assurance that "we can move on; nothing more to be seen here".
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo
The very reason these people need to be dragged out by the hair of their heads and thrown into the streets for the buzzards.
Friggin no good bastards!
There are other problematic cities to be sure, but this Bell thing is amazing.
Our police chief here in Glendale was wooed by Bell and went to work for them. His new yearly salary was about $450,000.00.
The guy was a great police chief in our town. He was well liked by everyone. Now this. I’m watching to see if he is one of the people who was arrested this morning.
I’m actually sad to see a guy that everyone liked, reduced to this. Time will tell if he was involved in any criminal activity. I hope not. That salary alone may be problematic. There is also talk of loans to make up portions of salaries or some such.
This is a real stinker of a mess.
I couldn't agree more....People are pissed off bad...
In fact, so pissed you can hear them on So. Cal radio stations demanding these arrogant government criminals be hung from the nearly light poles.
No joke...I've heard it....People are no longer holding back. They've just had enough!
Er....from the nearest light poles.
First to squeal gets the deal.
He still hasn't shown up for his interview roasting last time I checked.
Lives over in Huntington Beach.
I will tune in today, I usually listen the next day. Jerry is not ever showing up on their show, he is to much of a coward!
These people need to rot in prison...General population for them....I hope they get beat daily while in the joint and are taken out in a box.
Well, if there are other cities out there that are out of Control to this degree, I hope they are outed. I hope cities that are even less out of control are outed.
Isn’t it shocking that in this day and age city leader’s salaries are not public record. This is something that hadn’t crossed my radar before. I hear there’s a movement in California to require all cities to publish their leader’s salaries.
Can’t believe this wasn’t the case before.
That should wake a lot of people up. It should prevent this from happening again. Let’s hope.
Now THAT’s a face you can trust!
Yeah, we've seen it..Many are are hard working Hispanics that had no idea they were being gang raped by these government crooks.
News conference now.
Press conference going on right now!