Robert A. Rizzo, who for years was the top administrator in the City of Bell and who became a symbol of municipal corruption, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in a scheme that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid federal income tax.
In a plea agreement filed Dec. 12, 2013 in United States District Court, the 59-year-old Rizzo agreed to plead guilty to two felony charges: conspiracy and filing a false federal income tax return with the IRS. In the plea agreement, the Torrance resident admitted that he created a corporation to fraudulently claim losses on his income tax return, which served to illegally reduce his tax liability on the significant income he was receiving from the City of Bell.
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