HUNTINGTON BEACH — The Bell City Hall pay scandal touched down in Orange County on Tuesday, when former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was arrested at his home.
Silent and with his head down, Rizzo, 56, was taken from his home in handcuffs Tuesday morning, one of eight current or former Bell city officials accused of misappropriating funds by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Rizzo is charged with 53 counts of conflicts of interest and misappropriating $5.5 million in city funds.
He was escorted by Los Angeles County district attorney investigators just after 10 a.m. Authorities waited inside Rizzo's house as he got ready to leave. He was wearing a dark blue polo shirt and black slacks and declined to comment on the charges. When he got inside the unmarked SUV waiting to take him to jail, he just looked up, closed his eyes and said nothing.
Rizzo was the face of Bell city officials abusing public funds, with a nearly $800,000 salary, putting him among the highest paid city managers in the nation.