Five former Bell City elected officials listens to the judge as a guilty verdict is read in their trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. The five former elected officials

 

              Five former Bell City elected officials listens to the judge as a guilty verdict is read in their trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles.  The five former elected officials
Five former Bell City elected officials listens to the judge as a guilty verdict is read in their trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. The five former elected officials were convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, and a sixth defendant was cleared entirely. Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and co-defendants Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal, George Cole, and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others. The charges against them involved paying themselves inflated salaries of up to $100,000 a year in the city of 36,000 people, where one in four residents live below the poverty line. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool)