A one-time official in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell was convicted of public corruption in a case that nearly bankrupted the working class city.
Angela Spaccia, a former assistant city manager, was found guilty by a jury Monday of 13 felony corruption counts — including the misappropriation of public funds and conspiracy involving millions of taxpayer dollars, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The jury — made up of eight women and four men — reached their decision following more than a month of testimony.
Spaccia faces up to 16 years in prison, according to the station.
Prosecutors charge her with breaking the law by giving herself massive raises.
Spaccia testified that she knew she was raking in too much cash when her salary cracked $340,000 — but she maintained that it wasn't criminal, according to the Associated Press.
She was left to stand trial alone after her former employer, one-time City Manager Robert Rizzo, pleaded no contest Oct. 3 — less than a week before the trail began — to 69 corruption charges.
In a plea deal, Rizzo acknowledged pilfering upwards of $5 million from the city where one in four people live under the federal poverty line.
He was making more than $1 million a year at the height of the alleged corrupt activities, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First published December 9 2013, 5:48 PM