Ryan aide sentenced in Illinois for trucking scam, other offenses

| 7/2/2003

Scott Fawell, the longtime aide of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, apologized for the political scandal that is sending him to federal prison and that doomed Ryan's chances for a second term, The Associated Press reported.

"I would like to express my regret for the actions I took that were the focus of this case," Fawell said, his voice breaking. He couldn't go on.

Fawell was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison for racketeering, tax fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice. The investigation initially focused on bribes exchanged for licenses for unqualified truckdrivers. It expanded later into a full-blown inquiry into a wide range of bribery and other corruption in the Ryan era.

Ryan himself has not been accused of wrongdoing.