City of Bell

The trial was underway Wednesday for Angela Spaccia, the second in command in the Bell corruption scandal.

By Jeff Gottlieb
October 23, 2013, 11:12 a.m.

Angela Spaccia, the former second-in-command in the scandal-plagued city of Bell, went on trial Wednesday in a case that could establish who was the mastermind of the wrongdoing that made the working-poor city a symbol for municipal graft.

In opening statements, Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman told jurors that the extreme salaries in Bell were based on a “secret formula the public could never find out.”

Spaccia has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of public corruption.

The former administrator is the last of eight onetime city leaders and elected officials in Bell to go on trial in the sweeping corruption case, which exploded in 2010 when the city’s huge salaries and generous benefit packages were exposed

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