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.

Comments

6 Responses to “California Fat Cats Busted — Bell, CA Area McDonalds Hardest Hit”

  1. Joyanna Adams on September 21st, 2010 6:15 pm

    It is so good to see a politician actually arrested for such criimes…wouldn't it be nice if all the rest of them would go to jail, like they should?

  2. Doug on September 21st, 2010 6:21 pm

    He got busted because he screwed up and forgot to legalize the crime before he did it. Can't these guys learn anything from the big boys in Washington?

  3. Adam on September 21st, 2010 6:29 pm

    Of course Doug. All he has to do is blame Turbo Tax and sit back and wait for that cabinet post.

  4. SignPainterGuy on September 21st, 2010 6:39 pm

    Heard about this on the radio today; encouraging ! I expect several cases of rist rash from the upcoming slapping !

    Has anyone done a tire enventory at the city garage lately ?

    Once he gets that great cabinet post , we can expect a bailout for the area McD`s !!

  5. Nanny on September 21st, 2010 8:14 pm

    Elections have consequences and perhaps the residents of Bell should be doing their homework and looking at candidates who are more closely aligned with the Tea Party movement instead of money grubbing/spending thiefs from the democrat party. And if I am not mistaken this town is largely Hispanic. Instead of falling for the amnesty mantra from the thiefs with similar skin color they should be looking at content of character in their elected officials. Just because a candidate looks similar to your ethnicity doesn't mean they won't do you wrong.

  6. Clu Seatoe on September 22nd, 2010 12:03 am

    The Dems learned the lesson many generations ago having morphed from the 19th century slave owners. To keep the masses quiet you keep them ignorant with a nipple in their mouth and milk in their bellies.

    They’ll keep purring and they won’t even care about the other hand in their pocket. It’s too hard to keep the eyes open. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep. Sshhhh.

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