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BREAKING: Verdicts Reached In Bell Trial; Announcement Expected Shortly

By Brian Hews


Verdicts have been reached in the historic case  that accuses the former mayor of Bell and five other city council members of misappropriating public funds by collecting exorbitant  salaries.

The verdict was expected to be read late this morning or early this afternoon  in the trial of  former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and ex-council members Teresa Jacobo, George  Mirabal, Victor Bello, Luis Artiga and George Cole.

The prosecution alleges that they misappropriated public funds by  collecting exorbitant salaries for sitting on four city boards — the Community  Housing Authority, Surplus Property Authority, Public Financing Authority and  Solid Waste and Recycling Authority — that rarely met.

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will have a complete rundown of the verdicts as soon as they are announced.

Luis Artega-Not guilty on all counts.

  • I’m drawing up the gallows even now, in case the verdict is the wrong one.