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Mar 20, 2013 3:13 PM by Associated Press

5 of 6 ex-officials convicted in Bell, CA, case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Five former elected officials of the tiny California city of Bell have been convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds and a sixth defendant has been cleared entirely.

The lengthy verdicts were read Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Former Mayor Oscar Hernandez and co-defendants Teresa Jacobo,, George Mirabal, George Cole and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others.

Former Councilman Luis Artiga was found not guilty of a dozen allegations.

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