Corrupt Government Bureaucrats Know NOT to take a Plea!
Six city government officials charged in the Bell, California corruption case have rejected plea deals that would have meant two-year prison sentences and paying restitution. Bell city officials and former officials are accused of paying themselves outrageously high salaries for doing very little work. The estimated total of the misappropriated money is more than $5 million.
According to Politics Daily, “the report of the offer for a plea bargain came as the six — Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, Luis Artiga, George Cole and Victor Bello — were beginning preliminary hearings on whether prosecutors have enough evidence to bind them over for trial.”
The L.A. Times said information about the plea bargain offer came from one of the defense attorneys. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office confirmed the offers but provided no specifics, the Times said.
Bell, California came to national attention last summer when the L.A. Times reported that the city manager, the police chief and the assistant city manager were each being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The city manager, Robert Rizzo, and the assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia, also face criminal charges but have not been offered plea deals, the Times said. The police chief resigned but has not been charged.