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California City Officials Arrested in Salary Scandal

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posted on Sep, 23 2010 @ 10:31 AM
reply to post by saltheart foamfollower

Councilman Lorenzo Velez said he is being paid $8,076 a year, $90,000 a year less than his colleagues.

Makes you wonder how he got left out. Or could it be he is a honest guy.

Things that make you go hmmm.

posted on Sep, 23 2010 @ 01:57 PM
link" target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Prosecutors say corruption endemic in Calif. city where many city officials remain jailed

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."

Former Police Chief Randy Adams, was not arrested. There was no evidence Adams illegally obtained his $457,000 annual salary. The figure was $150,000 more than the Los Angeles chief of police gets paid.

More things that make you go hmmm.

edit on 23-9-2010 by VAPatriot because: spelling error

posted on Sep, 23 2010 @ 07:15 PM

Originally posted by saltheart foamfollower
reply to post by hinky

You should edit your comment. No changing of a political name for denigration purposes.

You should be thankful I'm calling the damn demoncrats just that and not what I usually call all those demoncratic m***** *****rs along with most elected officials.

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