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Ex-mayor, 4 others convicted in Bell, Calif., public corruption case

FILE - This  Jan. 24 2013 file pho former Bell Calif. city officials appear for massive city corruptitrial downtown

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2013 file photo, former Bell, Calif., city officials appear for a massive city corruption trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Verdicts have been reached in the trial of six former elected officials of the tiny Los Angeles County city of Bell. A Superior Court spokeswoman says the verdicts will be read Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The former mayor and five other ex-officials are accused of misappropriation of public funds by giving themselves enormous salaries. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Francine Orr, Pool,File)

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Updated: March 20, 2013 2:33PM



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five former elected officials of the tiny California city of Bell have been convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds and a sixth defendant has been cleared entirely.

The lengthy verdicts were read Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and co-defendants Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others.

Former Councilman Luis Artiga was found not guilty of a dozen allegations.



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