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Ex-Administrator of Bell Appears in Jail Jumpsuit as Sentencing Postponed

At a hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom where Angela Spaccia appeared in shackles and jail orange on Friday, sentencing for the former Bell city administrator was postponed.

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Angela Spaccia appears in criminal court in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 17, 2014, when her sentencing hearing was postponed. (Credit: pool)

The judge said that she was still waiting on a probation report for Spaccia, which is required by law before sentencing.

The judge noted that probation officers said they have had a hard time setting up an interview with Spaccia. Her defense attorney said he found that hard to believe.

Sentencing was postponed until Feb. 26.

When Spaccia was brought to the courtroom, she walked in, sat down, then turned around to the audience of reporters and visitors and smiled.

Spaccia has been convicted  Dec. 9 of 11 counts of felony public corruption.

A former assistant city manager in Bell, she was charged in a corruption scheme that inflated her salary along with that of ex-City Manager Robert Rizzo and City Council members. The case made headlines around the globe.

Bell, a city of about 35,000 largely low-income and Latino residents, was left nearly bankrupt by the plot, prosecutors said.

Charges included conspiracy to misappropriate public funds, misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.

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