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.
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:
“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.