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Former California city manager agrees to plead guilty in tax fraud case

The disgraced former city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell has agreed to plead guilty to charges that he filed a false federal income-tax return to illegally reduce his tax liability.

Federal prosecutors say a plea agreement filed Thursday shows Robert Rizzo agreed to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy and filing a false federal income-tax return. He faces up to eight years in prison.

The 59-year-old Rizzo admitted he created a corporation to fraudulently claim losses on his income-tax return. The losses to the Internal Revenue Service totaled more than $300,000.

Rizzo pleaded no contest in October to 69 counts of fraud, misappropriation of public funds and other charges for allegedly orchestrating a brazen corruption scandal that drove Bell to the brink of bankruptcy.

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