William M. Welch
USA Today
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.

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“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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