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Dec 9, 2013 8:44 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Guilty verdict in Calif. city corruption trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former official in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell has been convicted of corruption in a case that drove the blue-collar city to the brink of bankruptcy.

Jurors reached their verdict Monday against one-time assistant city manager Angela Spaccia.

She was found guilty of charges including conspiracy and misappropriating public funds.

Prosecutors say she broke the law by giving herself enormous raises.

Spaccia testified that she knew she was making too much money when her salary exceeded $340,000 - but maintained it wasn't criminal.

She was left to stand trial alone after her former boss, Robert Rizzo, pleaded no contest to 69 corruption charges.

In a plea deal, Rizzo acknowledged taking more than $5 million from the city where one in four people live below the federal poverty line.

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