Calif. City Officials Used Fake Boards To Steal $1.3M, DA Says

Law360, Los Angeles (January 24, 2013, 8:22 PM EST) -- Six former Bell, Calif., councilmembers on trial for alleged corruption stole more than $1.3 million from taxpayers by paying themselves "massive" salaries to sit on city boards that did no work and hardly ever met, a prosecutor told a California jury Thursday.

Deputy District Attorney Edward Miller said the former officials used four city commissions to vastly inflate their legal salary of $673 per month, or $8,076 per year, setting the salary schedule themselves in 2006 and then voting themselves “incredible” pay increases two years later....
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