The former Bell city administrator allegedly was financially involved in a horse-racing venture with a contractor who did millions of dollars of business for the city. At Rizzo's preliminary hearing the judge tosses out one charge against him.
For weeks, witnesses have characterized Bell's former city administrator Robert Rizzo as the architect of the city's alleged corruption — ordering up falsified payroll information, buying the loyalty of employees so he could pull in an inflated salary without protest, leveraging his authority with council members and dipping into the city treasury with free reign.
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