Politics

Bell scandal: Ex-mayor gets 1 year in jail; 4th council member to be sentenced in corruption case

Second from left, former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez, fifth from left, George Cole, and far right, George Mirabal, defendants in the Bell corruption trial stand with their attorneys at a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday, Feb 21, 2014.
Second from left, former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez, fifth from left, George Cole, and far right, George Mirabal, defendants in the Bell corruption trial stand with their attorneys at a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday, Feb 21, 2014.
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A former mayor of the scandal-ridden city of Bell has been sentenced to serve a year in Los Angeles County jail and five years of probation.

Oscar Hernandez was ordered Thursday to pay $241,000 in restitution to the city that was driven close to bankruptcy by a scheme to vastly inflate official salaries.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy also ordered Hernandez to perform 1,000 hours of community service, but she suspended a four-year prison term.

Kennedy said the former official never should have even run for office since he couldn't read English and wound up rubber-stamping documents for a corrupt city manager.

Hernandez is the latest in a series of former officials of the small, blue-collar city to be sentenced for corruption-related offenses involving misappropriation of funds.

Here are the sentences received by other ex-Bell officials so far:

Former councilman Victor Bello is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Aug. 1. 

This story has been updated.