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Oscar Hernandez, former mayor of Bell, Calif.  listens to the judge as a guilty verdict is read in his trial on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Los Angeles.  Hernandez and four former elected officials were convicted of multiple counts of misappropriation of public funds, and a sixth defendant was cleared entirely. Hernandez and co-defendants George Cole, Teresa Jacobo, George Mirabal,  and Victor Belo were all convicted of multiple counts and acquitted of others.  The charges against them involved paying themselves inflated salaries of up to $100,000 a year in the city of 36,000 people, where one in four residents live below the poverty line.   (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Irfan Khan, Pool)

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