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Bell officials arrested in salary scandal

Bell City Councilman George Mirabal, 60, was held on $260,000 bond. Mirabal Mayor Oscar Hernandez, Vice Mayor Teresa Jacobo, Councilman Luis Artiga, former Mayor/Councilman George Cole and former Councilman Victor Bello were charged with nearly two dozen counts of misappropriating approximately $1.2 million of public funds.  Council members paid themselves a combined $1.25 million for what District Attorney Steve Cooley called 'phantom meetings' of various city boards and agencies.
September 22, 2010 12:15:25 PM PDT