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City of Bell Public Corruption Scandal
Former Bell council members weigh deal for guilty pleas
Former Bell council members weigh deal for guilty pleas

Nearly four years after a corruption scandal engulfed their small town, Bell's former political leaders are under mounting pressure to plead guilty to corruption charges and accept possible prison sentences. The district attorney has offered the former council members maximum prison terms of four years if they plead guilty to misappropriation of public funds by drawing paychecks for serving on boards and commissions that rarely, if ever, met. With time off for good behavior, the former leaders of the small, working-class town could serve as few as two years behind bars. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy could also give them more lenient sentences including probation. All...

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