Convicted Bell, Calif., Officials Also Face Civil Suits

Government trying to get that money back


As jurors convicted former top officials in Bell, Calif., of stealing public money by giving themselves six-figure salaries, a California appeals court renewed a civil case demanding restitution.

A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday convicted five of six former council members of looting the city's coffers in a criminal trial that ended in a fractured verdict.

Oscar Hernandez, Victor Bello, George Cole, Teresa Jacobo and George Mirabal were convicted on multiple felony counts, while jurors remained deadlocked on about half the counts.