California Fat Cats Busted — Bell, CA Area McDonalds Hardest Hit

Remember that Bell, California City Manager who was making over $800,000 a year? Surprisingly, that gig wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up:

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley filed charges against eight current and former Bell officials Tuesday, alleging that they misappropriated $5.5 million in public funds. Robert Rizzo, Bell’s former city manager, has been charged with 53 counts of misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.

The charges come after a dramatic morning in which authorities swept through Bell and other cities, arresting former and current Bell officials.
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He said that councilmembers, who earned salaries of nearly $100,000, received $1.2 million for “phantom meetings” — many which never occurred or lasted only a minute or two.

Police Chief Randy Adams, who also stepped down after The Times reported he was earning $457,000, was not arrested.

“Being paid excessive amounts is not a crime,” Cooley said, noting that the investigation is ongoing.

Bail for Rizzo has been set at $3.2 million. Bail for the others ranges from $130,000 to $377,500.]

$3.2 million? If they’d let him return to work for a couple of months I’m sure he could come up with the cash.

Here’s Rizzo as he was arrested — proof-positive that the problem of government pork has gone far enough:

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“You have right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a co… hey, stop eating my blotter!”

Iowa Hawk says: Apparently Rizzo’s $800,000 salary was funneled straight to Winchell’s Donuts.