Bell Clerk: Councilmembers Served on Do-Nothing Boards

Rebecca Valdez says she wasn't even sure what one of the agencies was supposed to do.

Thursday, Feb 10, 2011  |  Updated 8:59 AM PDT
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Mugshots Gallery: Eight Bell Officials Facing Corruption Charges

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From left, Luis Artiga, George Cole, Teresa Jacobo, Oscar Hernandez and George Mirabal listen during a preliminary hearing on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 in Los Angeles. Eight current and former officials with the city of Bell, including the mayor, vice mayor and former city manager , are named in dozens of counts of misappropriation of public funds in a scandal that District Attorney Steve Cooley described as "corruption on steroids" on the day they were taken from their homes in handcuffs last September. The trial continued Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Boster, Pool)

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The city clerk for the Los Angeles suburb of Bell says four municipal agencies on which elected officials were paid tens of thousands of dollars to serve produced no benefits for the scandal-ridden city.

Rebecca Valdez says she wasn't even sure what one of the agencies was supposed to do.

Valdez testified Wednesday under a grant of immunity.

It was the third day of a hearing to determine if there's sufficient evidence to send the mayor, vice mayor and four other past and present members of Bell's City Council to trial on dozens of felony fraud charges.

Valdez kept the minutes for meetings of various boards the council members served on.

Prosecutors allege the boards were part of a scam the officials engaged in to bilk the blue-collar city out of $5.5 million.

The defendants have each pleaded not guilty.

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