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Bell cop who blew the whistle on corruption gets job back

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Bell City Hall on September 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

A police sergeant from the city of Bell who was forced to retire after reporting corruption in local government has been given his job back, along with a $400,000 settlement.

The L.A. Times reports 59-year-old James Corcoran will receive $240,000 in lost wages and $160,000 in lawyer's fees in a settlement approved Wednesday.

Corcoran alleged then-Chief Randy Adams retaliated when Corcoran reported with allegations of voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures and illegal selling of building permits.

City Attorney Dave Aleshire says Bell could have lost more than $3 million if the case had gone to trial.
Corcoran had worked as a Bell police officer for 19 years, and says he took a deal that gave him less cash because he wants to get back to work.

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