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Seven public investigations center on Bell

County, state and federal agencies look for answers.

November 06, 2010

Here is a recap of investigations into public finances in Bell:

L.A. County district attorney's office: Prosecutors charged eight current and former Bell officials with public corruption; the office is now investigating fees charged to businesses.

U.S. Justice Department: It is investigating possible civil rights violations by the city.

California attorney general's office: It filed civil lawsuits against Bell officials and is seeking oversight of Bell affairs.

California controller's office: Its audits found that Bell overcharged taxpayers and misspent funds. Its investigation continues.

Federal Securities and Exchange Commission: It is investigating how Bell handled municipal bond issues.

California Department of Corporations: It is also investigating municipal bond issues.

L.A. County auditor's office: It is trying to determine the financial health of Bell.

Source: Times reports

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