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Bell administrator Robert Rizzo sentenced on federal tax charges

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FILE - This March 9, 2011 file image shows former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo listens in court in Los Angeles. Irfan Khan/AP

Robert Rizzo, the man who became infamous in the City of Bell corruption scandal, was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in federal prison on tax fraud charges.

Earlier, Rizzo, a former Bell city administrator, pleaded no contest to state charges stemming from a scheme that took millions of dollars from the small blue-collar city and used it to boost his salary.

But the federal sentence isn't the end of the line for him. On Wednesday, he faces sentencing related to the corruption-related charges. He could spent 10 years behind bars.

Take Two speaks to L.A. Times reporter Jeff Gottlieb, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Bell scandal and is credited as one half of the reporting team that broke the story. 

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