Former Bell City Administrator Rizzo arraigned on corruption

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Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department via Getty Images

Robert Rizzo, former City of Bell, California city manager, is shown in this undated handout image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department. The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into the corruption.

Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo was arraigned today in Los Angeles Superior Court on dozens of corruption charges. Rizzo and other former city leaders are accused of scamming Bell out of millions of dollars.

Rizzo and former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia pleaded not guilty on dozens of charges, including misappropriation of public funds. Prosecutors have added more criminal counts including at least three conflict of interest charges against Spaccia.

Former Bell city mayor Oscar Hernandez and Luis Artiga, who sat on the City Council, were also in court. They are charged along with four other former city officials in a separate case that alleges misappropriation of pubic funds.

Outside the courtroom, Rizzo’s attorney said in the coming months there will be briefings and hearings regarding the mechanics of the trial and subsequent motions. In early May, the presiding judge in the upcoming trial will hold a status conference on case issues.

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