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California official in pay scandal posts bail

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Probe leads to city officials' arrest
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Eight former and current city employees are accused of misusing public funds
  • Most of the suspects are released from jail after posting bond
  • Mayor, city manager among those arrested
RELATED TOPICS
  • California
  • Crime

(CNN) -- A former assistant manager for Bell, California, posted a $350,000 bond and was released from jail Friday night, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said.

Angela Spaccia is one of eight current or former city employees who were arrested in connection with a salary scandal and charged with misappropriating more than $5.5 million in public funds.

Most of the suspects arrested have posted bond and have been released. Among those arrested were Bell's city manager and mayor.

Authorities allege that officials misappropriated public funds including being paid for phantom meetings.

The city manager was paid nearly $800,000 annually. Spaccia made $336,000 a year, authorities said.

Bell, in southeast Los Angeles County, had 36,624 residents as of the 2000 census. The median annual income is less than $35,000.

CNN's Rosalina Nieves contributed to this report.