Bell corruption: 2nd ex-councilman sentenced to home confinement, to repay $77,000

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Former Bell City Councilman George Cole was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days of home confinement and ordered to repay more than $77,000 following his 2013 conviction on charges he misused public money.

Cole was the second of five former city council members to be sentenced in a sweeping public corruption case that also involved former city manager Robert Rizzo and his assistant Angela Spaccia, both of whom were sentenced earlier this year.

In addition to ordering home confinement and restitution, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy placed Cole on probation for five years and ordered him to perform 1,000 hours of community service, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Cole will also be required to wear a GPS monitor while on home confinement.

Earlier this month, former councilman George Mirabal was sentenced to a year in county jail. Like Cole, he also received five years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

The three defendants who have yet to be sentenced are Teresa Jacobo (July 25), Oscar Hernandez (July 31) and Victor Bello (Aug. 1). The five council members were together convicted of stealing a total of nearly $1 million, according to the D.A.'s office.

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