Calling its former top administrator an embezzler who stole millions from the city treasury, the city of Bell on Wednesday took legal action against Robert Rizzo for unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
The complaint seeks to have Rizzo return millions to the city.
"Robert Rizzo embezzled, stole, and misappropriated millions of dollars in city funds by obtaining grossly excessive and completely unwarranted compensation packages," the complaint alleges.
Rizzo, who was forced to resign in July after The Times revealed his lucrative salary, is one of eight people charged in a public corruption case by the Los Angeles County district attorney. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is also suing Rizzo and others for misappropriation of public money.
The cross-complaint was filed in response to a complaint filed by Rizzo last month seeking to be indemnified by the city. Jamie Casso, Bell's interim city attorney, said the city is seeking to have that request tossed out.