More search warrants served in Bell probe

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From left Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez, former council members Luis Artiga, former Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia and former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo appear during a preliminary hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court February 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Prosecutors have served search warrants at two homes connected to a former top official in Bell, as the investigation of corruption in the scandal-plagued Los Angeles suburb continues.

Dave Demerjian with the district attorney's office tells the Los Angeles Times the warrants were served Wednesday at the home of Eric Eggena and at the home of Eggena's wife.

Demerjian didn't say what, if anything, investigators seized from the homes.

As Bell's director of general services, Eggena was among several officials who earned bloated salaries under ex-administrator Robert Rizzo.

The Times says Eggena earned $421,402 a year.

Rizzo and seven other current and former city officials face charges of public corruption. Eggena has not been accused of wrongdoing.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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