Bell 8 Scandal

Bell 8 Scandal: Players


Robert Rizzo – Former City Manager who earned a base salary of $800,000 not counting the nearly $1.9 million in unauthorized loans he allegedly gave to himself, Spaccia, Artiga and Hernandez. In comparison, the President of the United States makes only $400,000 yearly. Rizzo is thought to be the ringleader, and in portly appearance alone, he certainly looks like the ultimate Fat Cat politician.
On October 4, 2013, Robert Rizzo plead no contest to all 69 charges, only days before he was to go on trial on charges of misappropriation of funds and related crimes. Judge Kathleen Kennedy told Rizzo during his plea that he would be sentenced to between 10 and 12 years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for March 12, 2014. Rizzo faced up to 70 years on all counts.
Angela Spaccia – Former Assistant City Administrator — Rizzo’s direct underling who made $376,288 annually.
Randy Adams – Former Chief of Police who stepped down amid the fallout over his $457,000 salary. He allegedly negotiated a contract with Rizzo for a disability pension when the man is also a noted runner and skier. Adams was convicted of misappropriating public funds, acquitted of several charges, and a jury was deadlocked on others. He awaits a new trial.
Luis Artiga – Former Council Member who is accused of making close to $100,000 per year in compensation for his part-time city employment.
Victor Bello – Former Council Member who is accused of making close to $100,000 per year in compensation for his part-time city employment. Bello was convicted of misappropriating public funds, acquitted of several charges, and a jury was deadlocked on others. He awaits a new trial.
George Cole –Former Council Member who is accused of making close to $100,000 per year in compensation for his part-time city employment.
Teresa Jacobo – Former Council Member who is accused of making close to $100,000 per year in compensation for her part-time city employment. Jacobo was convicted of misappropriating public funds, acquitted of several charges, and a jury was deadlocked on others. She awaits a new trial.
George Mirabal – Former Council Member who is accused of making close to $100,000 per year in compensation for his part-time city employment. Mirabal was convicted of misappropriating public funds, acquitted of several charges, and a jury was deadlocked on others. He awaits a new trial.
Lorenzo Velez – Former Council Member who is the only one who did not take home an inflated salary. He has stated that he had no idea about the salaries of the others. Velez was paid about $8,000 yearly for his city duties.
Oscar Hernandez – Former Bell City Mayor, who, at the outset of the scandal, stated that Bell city employees were paid on a par with the national average.
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