Bell mayor in corruption case says DA bilked him

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Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez is one of eight current and former city officials charged with corruption.

The mayor of a scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb says he's being overcharged for court documents as he fights charges that he and others looted his city out of millions of dollars.

Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez disputes the $712 charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for copying documents and recorded prosecution interviews.

Hernandez made about $100,000-a-year until a salary scandal prompted Bell officials to slash their pay earlier this year.

He and seven others are charged with misappropriating $5.5 million in public funds.

His attorney, Stanley L. Friedman, filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to reduce the bill, calling it "billing on steroids."

District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says the price covers duplication costs and isn't unusual.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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