Hotline announced for Bell voter fraud

California's attorney general is setting up a new voter fraud hotline for residents of Bell as a salary scandal continues to rock the Los Angeles suburb.

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California's attorney general has ordered nine past and present officials of Bell to turn over their financial records in a widening investigation of a salary scandal in the Los Angeles suburb.

Jerry Brown says Monday that he's subpoenaed tax, salary and other records and told officials to give depositions under oath within two weeks. His office would not disclose who would give the depositions.

Hotline number: (866) 625-4400.

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Jerry Brown is scheduled to announce the hotline Monday morning.

Some residents of the Los Angeles suburb contend that city officials asked them to fill out absentee ballots and promised to file them. By law, the voter must file the ballot.

Brown also plans to announce he's expanding his current investigation into Bell salaries. The city manager, who made about $1.5 million a year in pay and benefits for governing a city of 40,000 people, has resigned along with two other top officials.

The mayor and three council members also have agreed to slash their salaries of nearly $100,000 a year.

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