Ex-official gets 12 years in prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison for a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city just outside Los Angeles.
Robert Rizzo apologized for breaching the public’s confidence before he was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he previously pleaded no contest to 69 counts including conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records.
It was revealed in 2010 that Rizzo was giving himself an annual salary and benefits package of $1.5 million in a city where a quarter of the population lives below the federal poverty line.
His $800,000 in wages alone was double that of the president of the United States.