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Bell city clerk says she followed order to conceal

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Bell city clerk says the former city manager ordered her to conceal officials' full salaries from the public and to obtain signatures for doctored salary contracts.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/TUAOLy ) says Rebecca Valdez testified Tuesday in the corruption trial of six former City Council members. Prosecutors claim they illegally gave themselves huge salaries, inflating their pay by serving on boards that sometimes didn't meet and forcing the Los Angeles suburb to the brink of bankruptcy.

Valdez testified that she was micromanaged by former City Manager Robert Rizzo and, among other things, only partially disclosed city salaries to a resident who had filed a public records request.

Defense attorneys have argued their clients are being wrongly blamed for Rizzo's misdeeds.

Rizzo and his former assistant are being tried separately.

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