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2nd ex-councilman sentenced in Bell public corruption case

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LOS ANGELES — Another former Bell City Council member has been sentenced in the corruption scandal that engulfed the Los Angeles County community.

Prosecutors say 64-year-old George Cole was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days of home confinement, ordered to pay more than $77,000 in restitution and perform 1,000 hours of community service.

Prosecutors wanted a four-year prison sentence for Cole, who was convicted of two counts of misappropriation of public funds and pleaded no contest to one additional count.

He's the second of five former council members to be sentenced in the illegal pay scheme. Previously, George Mirabal was sentenced to a year in jail and $242,000 in restitution.

The scheme's mastermind, former City Manager Robert Rizzo, and his assistant have been sentenced to years in prison and repayment of millions of dollars.

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