employee of an Illinois trucking firm has been convicted of bribery,
the second worker at the company to face penalties for the crime, The Chicago Tribune reported recently.
Catanzarite, who was a manager at the Lyons, IL, facility of Watkins
Motor Lines, has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from drivers who
wanted to haul for the firm.
Nowak, a former safety supervisor at Watkins’ Lyons terminal was
convicted last year in U.S. District Court of accepting bribes from
about 20 unqualified drivers. He received four months’ home confinement
for that conviction.
of the drivers Nowak received payments from was Adem Salihovic,
who caused a fatal 74-vehicle wreck in 1998. Salihovic allegedly
paid a bribe to obtain an Illinois commercial driver’s license and
bribed trucking company officials so he could drive for the firm, The Tribune reported in early December.
November 1998, Salihovic lost control of his truck on a fog-shrouded
California highway, the newspaper reported, triggering a pileup
that killed two people and injured 51. The Tribune had reported
two years ago that Salihovic paid $800 to the manager at a Melrose
Park, IL, state licensing facility to obtain a CDL permit in June
has acknowledged that he assisted Nowak.
newspaper said Watkins had made attempts to ensure its drivers were
qualified, including making them take skills tests before hauling
freight for the company.