California's state controller released the latest audit of the City of Bell's finances today, which found that the city unlawfully spent $710,000 in grants and other funding from the state and federal governments.
State Controller John Chiang's audit shows that city officials spent the funds without valid contracts in place, paid for services not covered by those funds or awarded contracts without competitive bidding.
Chiang recommends that the city work with federal, state and local governments to recoup the misspent funds. Earlier audits found that Bell officials mismanaged funds and illegally hiked taxes to pay for salaries and pensions.
Chiang says this latest audit brings the City of Bell's total amount of questionable spending to more than $6 million.