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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Former Bell City Councilman George Mirabal was  sentenced today to five years probation, one year in jail and 1,000 hours of  community service for bilking the working-class municipality's taxpayers  through an inflated salary he received for serving on boards that rarely met.

Mirabal, 64, is the first of five former Bell council members convicted  in the corruption scandal to be sentenced.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy suspended a four-year  prison term against Mirabal, who will not have to serve any of that time as  long as he successfully completes the terms of his probation.

Mirabal, who also must pay $242,293 in restitution, is scheduled to  begin serving his jail term July 25. He was credited with about 80 days -- for  jail time already served and good-behavior credit.

Mirabal and four other city council members pleaded no contest April 9  to two felony counts each of misappropriation of public funds in a plea deal to  resolve the remaining corruption charges against them.

Mirabal, former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and former Councilwoman  Teresa Jacobo were each convicted in March 2013 of five counts of  misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five others. Former  Councilman George Cole was convicted of two counts and acquitted of two others,  while former Councilman Victor Bello was convicted of four counts and acquitted  of four others.

Jurors deadlocked on a handful of counts against the five, with the  prosecution announcing in May 2013 that it intended to retry those charges. The  plea deals reached earlier this year resolved the remaining counts, eliminating  the need for another trial.

Jurors exonerated former Councilman Luis Artiga of all 12 charges  against him.

In a sentencing memorandum, Deputy District Attorney Sean Hassett has  asked Kennedy to impose the maximum four-year prison term against Mirabal,  writing that the court ``would be hard-pressed to find a more egregious case of  public corruption.''

``Defendant Mirabal's illegal $100,000 a year salary was a drastic  departure from the expected pay of an honest council member whose sole goal is  public service, a goal that appears to have never been shared by defendant  Mirabal and his co-defendants,'' Hassett wrote in the sentencing memorandum.

``Given his history of nearly 20 years as a council member, city clerk  and mayor of Bell, defendant Mirabal was aware of his obligations as a  fiduciary for the city, but instead acted in his own self-interest to the  detriment of the people of Bell.''

In his sentencing memorandum, defense attorney Alex R. Kessel asked the  judge to sentence Mirabal to probation and community service.

``The conduct involved in the instant matter is clearly an aberration  from defendant Mirabal's otherwise exemplary conduct as a public servant, as a  council member for the city of Bell and the tremendous and long-term community  service he has provided to the city of Bell, and other adjoining cities  throughout his career as a council member and community activist,'' Kessel  wrote.

Mirabal's attorney noted that his client ``has and will continue to  suffer greatly as a result of these offenses, including personal financial  devastation, lifetime exclusion (from) public office, embarrassment to family  and other community leaders and his own personal dismay resulting from his  failure to affirmatively question the legitimacy of the instant salaries.''

Hernandez, Jacobo, Bello and Cole -- who are also facing a term between  probation and four years in prison -- are set to be sentenced within the next  month.

Kennedy noted earlier this year that they would be precluded from  running for public office again.

During the trial, prosecutors contended that the five were paid illegal  salaries for sitting on four city boards that rarely met, with their salaries  reaching $100,000 in a city of 2 1/2 square miles where the median household  income was $35,000.

Defense attorneys countered during the trial that their clients were  wrongly accused, arguing that they worked diligently for the city and earned  their salaries.

The five were charged in September 2010 along with former Bell City  Administrator Robert Rizzo and former Assistant City Administrator Angela  Spaccia in what then-District Attorney Steve Cooley said was ``corruption on  steroids.''

Rizzo pleaded no contest last October to all 69 charges against him and  was sentenced April 17 to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $8.8 million in  restitution.

Spaccia was convicted last December of 11 felony counts, including  misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest. Jurors acquitted her  of one count of secretion of a public record involving former Bell Police Chief  Randy Adams' employment contract, and deadlocked on another count --  misappropriation of public funds involving an alleged $75,500 loan of taxpayer  money in 2003 -- that was eventually dismissed.

She was sentenced in April to 11 years and eight months in state prison  and ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution. Spaccia is appealing  her conviction.