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Ex-Bell officials Rizzo, Spaccia plead not guilty to charges

Former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo is seen in an L.A. courtroom, March 2011.

March 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bell's former city manager and assistant city manager pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges connected to the city's corruption scandal.

Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia were arraigned Wednesday morning on a new grand jury indictment.

They're charged with writing their own retirement contracts, hiding public contracts and falsifying public records involving the former police chief.

Both are due back in court in May for a pretrial hearing.