Fraud hearing for CA officials nearing conclusion

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2011 4:02 AM
Fraud hearing for CA officials nearing conclusion

Attorneys are set to begin making their closing arguments at a preliminary hearing to determine whether the ousted former city manager of Bell should stand trial on dozens of charges of bilking the blue-collar suburb out of more than $5.5 million.

Former City Manager Robert Rizzo is charged with more than 50 counts of fraud. Also facing charges are Bell's former assistant city manager, the mayor and a former councilman.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are to make their final arguments Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall.

The preliminary hearing in Hall's court, which lasted three weeks, is concluding just a day after residents of Bell went to the polls to elect a new city council.