A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced former city administrator Angela Spaccia to nearly 12 years in prison for ripping off taxpayers for thousands of dollars through her inflated salary and two six-figure loans paid for by residents of Bell, Calif.
Judge Kathleen Kennedy gave the 55-year-old Spaccia 11 years and eight months in prison, calling her a "con artist" during sentencing, according to KTTV
. The former suburban Los Angeles city administrator was convicted Dec. 9 on five counts of misappropriation of public funds, four counts of conflict of interest and one count each of conspiracy to misappropriate public funds and secretion of an official record.
Spaccia's sentencing was the latest domino to fall in the scandal that broke in 2010 when many citizens learned that city councilmen and public officials were being paid exorbitant salaries in the tiny Los Angeles suburb of Bell, reported the Los Angeles Times
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KTTV reported that jurors acquitted Spaccia on one count of secretion of a public record as it pertained to former police chief Randy Adams' employment contract and deadlocked on one count of misappropriation of public funds pertaining to an alleged $75,500 loan of taxpayer money in 2003.
"(Spaccia's) criminal conduct occurred over a seven-year period (and her) crimes were carefully planned and executed, and she took great care to conceal them,'' deputy district attorney Sean Hassett wrote in Spaccia's sentencing memorandum, according to KTTV.
Wednesday that five former Bell city council members accepted a plea deal that was expected to cap their prison terms at four years.
Former Bell council members George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Victor Bello and George Mirabal were convicted at an earlier trial, but could have faced a retrial on corruption claims without the plea deal, reported KNBC-TV.
Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo pleaded guilty to conspiracy and filing a false federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service three months ago. He faces up to eight years in federal prison, plus restitution, fines and penalties during his sentencing, according to KNBC-TV.
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