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Bell sues ex-councilman, foundation and construction firm over millions in payouts


LOS ANGELES — The city of Bell is suing a former councilman, a steelworker foundation and a construction company for millions of dollars it says they received illegally when former City Manager Robert Rizzo was in charge.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday ( that the biggest target in the suit is McCullah Construction Co. The firm was paid $3.2 million from 2005-10, most of it authorized by Rizzo without a contract or council approval.

The city also is suing former Councilman Luis Artiga for repayment of most of his yearly salary, and the National Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation alleging it received excessive payments.

The suits are part of the city's efforts to recover money lost during years of corruption.

The wide-ranging scandal led to convictions or no-contest pleas for Rizzo and six others.

Information from: Los Angeles Times,

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