September 15th, 2010
01:26 PM ET

State AG sues officials in California salary scandal

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California has sued eight city officials in Bell, California, charging "fraud, civil conspiracy, waste of public funds and breach of fiduciary duty," his office said Wednesday.

City officials in Bell sparked outraged when people learned of their high salaries.

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  1. Brandy

    Thank goodness with all the news coming out of there it is nice to know that their illegal behavior will be punished.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Smyth

    Gee Jerry actually has a criminal element to go after instead of investigating Sara Palin's speaking contract.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jewell

    I believe Mr.Brown jr is doing what Mr.Holder needs to do, bring those responsible for stealing off the hard-working american taxpayers to justice...Its time to let these so called "leaders" know that you will be held accountable for your actions....

    September 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Schmidt

    He is running for governor. He is only doing this to gain voter support and manipulate the ignorant voters to support him. What taxpayer would not want fraudelent use of funds prosecuted? Gen Jerry is a life long career politician having been governor previously in the 1970's.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vince

      What is the difference why Brown initiated this action. The only concern should be that they are prosecuted criminally and civilly and the municipality is returned some of the ill gotten funds. This abuse of public funds mirrors the acts of Madoff Drier, and Rothstein. The only difference is that the latter people were preying on the wealthy.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leah

    It's about time someone does something about the rotten cronism in this us gov't. IT would be commendable if these so-called public servants can do real service for minimum wage just like everybody else in these hard times.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • tigerjoe

      you are so right.....my answer to the budget crisis in california was instead of the working man getting the shaft and making minimum wage because the elite power class couldnt balance the budget.....the legislature should have had to take minimum wage pay until they passed a budget.....got a paycheck that says they would've come up with something fast if they were the ones getting the shaft....the irony of this is they created the problem and weren't held accountable....suprised? not me

      September 16, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. philipe12

    California sues everyone. It was just a matter of time before they got around to sueing themselves.

    September 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tigerjoe

    these pirates need to be prosecuted...just so happens Jerry will end up with some votes out of it...I am pretty sure everyone in Bell will throw a vote his way for standing up for them....these elected officials slat out STOLE from the folks they were supposed to have the best interests of. I say put them in the stockade in the public square get some illegal alians to pick some tomatos and take care of business and ship them off to jail...then go get the towns taxpayers money back and help the struggling folks of that town lower thier taxes back to reality

    September 16, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Paco

    "'[i]wait, so if someone walks past the metal detector, they shut down the ENTIRE airport. But they find a body in a bathroom, not from suicide mind you, and it's just business as usual[/i]?'"

    If you can't hold "IT" anymore and really have to go, off course, it is business as usual.

    December 28, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |