Angela Spaccia Gets 11 Years, 8 Months in Bell Corruption Case

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The former second-in-command in the scandal-plagued city of Bell became the first person sentenced in the city’s massive public corruption case Thursday, ordered to spend 11 years and eight months in prison for misappropriating public funds from one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities.


Angela Spaccia sits next to Bell’s former chief executive, Robert Rizzo, at a court hearing in 2011. (Credit: LA Times)

Angela Spaccia, who has been jailed since she was convicted in December on 11 corruption-related charges, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, pinning the blame on the city’s strong-willed chief executive and arguing that she wasn’t even at City Hall when much of the wrongdoing took place.

Spaccia said her $564,000-a-year salary was perhaps unethical but not illegal. Her salary was boosted by 26 weeks annual vacation and sick leave she cashed out each year, amounting to a 50% pay increase.

In a sentencing memo, prosecutors said Spaccia was an unrepentant criminal.

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