Sentencing for Corrupt Bell City Administrator Postponed until April
Sentencing for longtime Bell city administrator was postponed Wednesday. Robert Rizzo, who is free on bond, was ordered to return April 16 when a judge is expected to sentence him to 10-12 years in prison for masterminding widespread corruption by eight city officials that almost left the working class city of Bell bankrupt.
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Rizzo pleaded no contest to 69 felony corruption charges in October and agreed to serve 10 to 12 years in state prison.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has called the scandal “corruption on steroids.” The eight city officials are accused of using their positions to take more than $6.7 million dollars from Bell taxpayers, using the city as their own personal piggy banks.
Both Bell’s city attorney and Rizzo’s former second-in-command Angela Spaccia’s attorney stated they intend to subpoena Rizzo to find out the inner details of the public corruption in the small Los Angeles County city and the amount of restitution to seek from the former city administrator.
Spaccia was convicted late in 2013 on 11 corruption charges and is set to be sentenced March 21. She is currently in custody and faces more than 12 years in prison. During her trial she said she knew her salary was inflated but trusted Rizzo.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial