The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has been investigating the city of Bell since March, spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales told the Weekly Tuesday. The city has been scandalized by revelations of $100,000 salaries for its council, which took a 90 percent reduction Monday night, and record pay for its city manager, assistant city manager and police chief, who have resigned in apparent shame.
The salaries, including nearly $800,000 a year for the city manager, were revealed by the Los Angeles Times in mid-July. But it looks like the District Attorney's office was looking into possible crimes inside Bell City Hall as early as March.
Dávila-Morales said the D.A. is also probing possible voter fraud after a former Bell police officer alleged in a lawsuit that off-duty officers went door-to-door during a 2009 city election and passed out absentee ballots, with instructions on who to vote for.