Ex-mayor, 4 others convicted in Bell, Calif., public corruption case
By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press March 20, 2013 1:56PM
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)
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.