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Bell official wants city to pay legal fees

Bell City Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo is one of eight city officials charged with misappropriating more than a million dollars of public funds.

January 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
One of the city officials involved in the Bell salary scandal wants the city to pay for her legal fees as she defends herself from corruption charges. In a cross-complaint filed with the court last week, Councilmember Teresa Jacobo said the city should pay because the alleged misconduct occurred during her capacity as a city official.

Jacobo and seven other current and former city officials are accused of defrauding taxpayers by granting themselves excessive salaries.

Former city manager Robert Rizzo also has asked for a court order directing the city to pay his attorneys' fees.