Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the public-corruption trial of Angela Spaccia – the second-in-command in Bell when the city erupted in scandal.
Under former city manager Robert Rizzo, Spaccia pulled in a salary of $376,000 a year and doubled as the top administrator in neighboring Maywood, a city that let go most of its civic employees after it lost its insurance in 2010.
Rizzo pleaded no contest last week to 69 felony charges, including misappropriating public funds.
Though facing 13 corruption-related charges in the Bell scandal, Spaccia’s attorney has painted her as a victim of Rizzo’s scheming to loot the small town’s treasury.
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