Ex-Bell city manager to plead guilty in tax case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disgraced former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he filed a false federal income-tax return to illegally reduce his tax liability.

Rizzo is scheduled to enter a guilty plea to one count each of conspiracy and filing a false federal income-tax return. He faces up to eight years in prison.

Rizzo admitted in a plea agreement that he created a corporation to fraudulently claim losses on his income-tax return. The losses to the Internal Revenue Service totaled more than $300,000.

He pleaded no contest in October to 69 counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds and other charges for allegedly orchestrating a brazen corruption scandal that drove Bell to the brink of bankruptcy. He became the face of a scandal after it was revealed in 2010 that he was giving himself an annual package of $1.5 million.

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