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Former Bell mayor facing prison time in salary scandal
Former Bell mayor facing prison time in salary scandal

Once viewed as an American success story, the former mayor of Bell will face possible prison time when he is sentenced Thursday for his role in a massive corruption case in which city leaders paid themselves huge salaries and left the town teetering on the edge of insolvency. Oscar Hernandez, a small-town grocer with a limited education, was arrested in 2010 when police knocked down his front door with a battering ram and booked him and other council members and city administrators. Along with four former council colleagues, Hernandez was convicted last year for misappropriation of public funds, a crime that had its roots in the enormous salaries council members were drawing for...

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