I have no idea how many towns in America have managers who are ripping off the public. I hope that the officials of Bell, Ca are the only ones who are openly ripping off the public, but, you know, I doubt it. We have to spend more and more of our time watching our money. We can’t shop at that store because their prices are too high. We can’t get that credit card because there are hidden fees. We have to watch our city council officials because they might be lining their own pockets with our money. It’s pure craziness.
I don’t think believe type of thing is new. I think it’s probably been going on since the founding of our nation. There are always going to be crooks. With the economic conditions so tight, we have to look out for these con artists. I suspect that they are everywhere.
From LAT (I added emphasis):
The prosecution documents allege that Rizzo used the false 2008 contracts in response to questions about his salary. He allegedly told one citizen who asked whether he was really making $400,000, “If I can make that kind of money, I wouldn’t be working here.”
Prosecutors accused Rizzo of continuing to use the false contracts in recent months amid growing scrutiny of his salary by the district attorney’s office and others.
Sometime after June, one of the false 2008 contracts was given to the city attorney following requests for records of Rizzo’s pay. The contract listed Rizzo’s salary as $221,460. In reality, Rizzo was on course to make more than $1.5 million in salary and benefits this year.
As recently as last week, Rizzo pointed to the contracts in response to questions from the state attorney general’s office and falsely claimed they were genuine and were approved by the City Council, the court documents allege. (more…)