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Former Bell mayor sentenced to year in jail in corruption case
Former Bell mayor sentenced to year in jail in corruption case

After the battering ram splintered his door and he was handcuffed and taken into custody, Oscar Hernandez ignored his attorney's advice and confessed that he and other Bell council members had paid themselves huge salaries for sitting on boards that often never met. "What kind of value were the taxpayers of Bell getting for $100,000 a year?" asked an investigator in September 2010, referring to Hernandez's annual paycheck. "I know. Lousy. I understand that very well," Hernandez replied. The former mayor's contrition and cooperation came into sharp focus Thursday when the onetime grocery store owner was ordered to serve one year in the county jail, a...

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