City Corruption

Former Bell City Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo listens while her attorney, Leo Moriarty speaks on her behalf prior to receiving her sentence in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday July 25, 2014. Jacobo was sentenced to two-years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $242,000 in restitution for her role in the city's pay scandal in Los (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mark Boster)


Ex-Bell councilwoman gets 2 years for corruption

By From page A5 | July 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A former Bell city councilwoman has been given two years in state prison and ordered to pay $242,000 in restitution for misappropriating public funds.

Teresa Jacobo is the fourth person sentenced in a corruption scandal that left the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb teetering on the edge of financial ruin.

Prosecutors say former officials took vastly inflated salaries.

City News Service says during her sentencing Friday, Jacobo apologized for what she called her negligence.

Former City Administrator Robert Rizzo and Assistant City Administrator Angela Spaccia previously were sentenced to around 12 years each in prison and ordered to pay millions in restitution.

Two ex-councilmen got a year in county jail and 180 days of home confinement, respectively.

Another ex-councilman and a former mayor await sentencing next week.

The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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