Ex-Bell mayor's charity didn't disclose contracts

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From the now infamously high salaries of Bell’s city council, to the questionable city contracts in Maywood and the residents of Hawaiian Gardens gathering signatures in an effort to recall two city council members, corruption seems to be spreading across the Southland.

BELL (AP) - A charity run by the former mayor of Bell told the state it received no government funding over a three-year span, but city records show $2.6 million in payments to the organization.

The state attorney general's office has ordered the Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation to immediately disclose which government agencies sent money from June 2006 to June 2009.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that records from Bell and other localities show contracts with the foundation during that period to provide services to senior citizens.

The charity is run by George Cole, Bell's former mayor, who signed financial disclosure statements under penalty of perjury.

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