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Booked: The Bell 8
As initially rumored, eight former and current employees of the City of Bell were arrested yesterday, booked, and now face arraignment on a variety of corruption charges.
The eight inmates, including former City Manager Robert Rizzo, said to be the ringleader, are scheduled to appear in court this morning for arraignment. They are in the Los Angeles County Jail system on what's known as "keep-away" status, meaning they do not mix with the general population. Bail is tricky, however; they cannot use any monies under scrutiny from the corruption case to post their bail.
Joining Rizzo in jail and court are "former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; Councilmembers Luis Artiga, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal; and former Councilmembers George Cole and Victor Bello," notes LA Now.