(LOS ANGELES) — The former mayor of a scandal-ridden Los Angeles town is heading to jail.
Oscar Hernandez is the latest in a series of former city officials in Bell, California– a small, blue-collar L.A. suburb– to be sentenced to jail.
Hernandez has been sentenced to a year in jail for illegally inflating city leaders’ salaries.
The judge said Hernandez should never have run for office — he couldn’t read English and wound up rubber-stamping documents for a corrupt city manager.
Hernandez will also have to pay over $240,000 in restitution.
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