In the midst of Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo's trial, we're now also seeing Irwindale city officials being charged with misappropriating public funds. It looks like Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are now busy defending officials in various cities of these fraud-related crimes.
Misappropriation of funds is the unauthorized use of someone else's property or funds. In this case, public officials using public funds for an unauthorized purpose.
According to the Los Angeles Times, three current and former Irwindale officials have been accused of taking business trips to New York City, where they reportedly ate at five-star restaurants, stayed at the expensive Ritz-Carlton hotel, and saw Broadway shows in the evenings, all with the city's money. In total, these trips reportedly cost Irwindale taxpayers at least $37,852.