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Prosecutors said Wednesday that corruption was so ingrained and unchecked in the blue-collar suburb that almost anyone who could have blown the whistle was benefiting from it.
Court documents obtained Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times allege Rizzo told a city employee to draft phony contracts in September 2008 that concealed how much he and council members made.
Rizzo also was singled out in the state audit. It said city officials mismanaged more than $50 million in bond money, levied illegal taxes and paid exorbitant salaries to leaders.
"Our audit found the city had almost no accounting controls, no checks or balances, and the general fund was run like a petty cash drawer," state Controller John Chiang said in a statement. "The city's pursestrings were tied to only one individual, resulting in a perfect breeding ground for fraudulent, wasteful spending."
Pedro Carillo, the interim city manager who requested the audit, called the findings "reprehensible beyond words."
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