William M. Welch
September 22, 2020
LOS ANGELES — The mayor, former city manager and six other current and former officials of the suburban city of Bell were arrested Tuesday on charges of looting public money in what a prosecutor called a “feeding frenzy of corruption.”
They were charged with multiple counts of misappropriating more than $5.5 million, including making illegal personal loans with city money and taking pay for attending phantom committee meetings.
“Corruption on steroids” is how Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley described the case after an early morning sweep by police took all eight into custody.
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