Closing Statements in Bell Corruption Trial | NBC Southern California

Closing Statements in Bell Corruption Trial

The case centers around administrators in small city of Bell receiving unusually large salaries



    The courtroom completed day two of closing arguments in the city of Bell corruption trial. Both sides sum up their case for and against the former assistant city manager. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (Published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013)

    Closing arguments resumed on Thursday in the trial of former Bell Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Angela Spaccia.

    Prosecutor Max Huntsman told jurors Wednesday that Spaccia was involved in crafting agreements that resulted in her receiving "insane pay" exceeding what the president of the United States earns.

    Spaccia's attorney says the case is politically motivated and that his client was a victim of former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo.

    The case stems from a story that broke in the Los Angeles Times in 2010 involving unusually high salaries for the tiny southeastern Los Angeles County city of Bell.

    How Bell Officials Got Six-Figure Salaries

    [LA] How Bell Officials Got Six-Figure Salaries
    The Bell corruption trial continued Friday and answered questions of how city officials got six-figure salaries. City Manager Robert Rizzo was at the center of the testimony. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Friday Nov. 8, 2013.
    (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2013)

    Rizzo was accused of stealing more than $5 million from the city, allegedly writing up his own contracts that were not subject to City Council approval. Rizzo took in more than $1 million some years and gave himself hefty retirement packages, prosecutors said.

    But Spaccia is the lone defendant because Rizzo pleaded no contest earlier this month to 69 counts. He will be sentenced to no more than 10 to 12 years in prison and is expected to testify at Spaccia's trial. 

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