Ex-Calif. City Official Says He Backed Pay Hikes Out Of Fear

Law360, Los Angeles (February 15, 2013, 9:41 PM EST) -- One of the six former Bell, Calif., councilmembers accused of stealing more than $1.3 million from taxpayers testified Friday that he voted in favor of large pay increases for himself and other councilmembers because he was afraid of then-City Manager Robert Rizzo.

George Cole has denied there was anything illegal about the salaries of more than $100,000 a year he and his co-defendants collected for sitting on boards that, according to prosecutors, never met and did no work. They are all charged with multiple violations of...
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