Emails Spark Outrage in Town Corruption Scandal

Bell officials planned to 'get fat together'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 2:13 PM CST
Former Bell, Calif., city manager Robert Rizzo is escorted from court after his appearance in court for arraignment on corruption charges, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Oct. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – Los Angeles county prosecutors have released a batch of damning emails as evidence in the corruption case in the city of Bell. The city was in the midst of hiring a new police chief, when the top candidate fired off the following message: “I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell’s money?!” The town’s second-ranking official, Angela Spaccia, was not offended. “You can take your share of the pie … just like us!!!” she replied.

“Bob has an expression he likes to use,” she continued. “Pigs get fat … Hogs get slaughtered!!!! So as long as we’re not Hogs … All is well!” The “Bob” in question is likely the city’s then-chief administrator Robert Rizzo, the LA Times reports. In the filings, prosecutors allege that Rizzo and Spaccia illegally drafted their own contracts, which, Spaccia says in another email, are crafted “carefully so we do not draw attention to our pay.” Spaccia’s lawyer says the “hogs” comment just shows his client was trying to save money for the city.

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