State audit shows money to help Bell residents diverted for personal use

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According to a state audit released today, money that was supposed to be used to provide affordable housing for residents of Bell was used instead by city leaders to pay for salaries, cell phones and landscaping.

The audit found city leaders routinely raided a pair of funds controlled by the city's Redevelopment Agency, which is charged with providing affordable housing for residents. The city also made thousands of dollars of payments to contractors using transportation funds.

The former Bell chief administrative officer and the assistant CAO, along with six other current and former officials, have been charged with misappropriating public coffers. They're scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

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