Manager gets year in prison for bribery

| 1/20/2004

A former manager of a trucking company was sentenced Jan. 16 to more than a year in prison for pocketing bribes, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities say Frank Catanzarite took bribes to allow unqualified truck drivers to transport freight for Watkins Motor Lines at its Chicago area terminal in Lyons, IL.

Catanzarite admitted he routinely allowed drivers to skip the tests in exchange for $500 to $2,000 per truck. Instead of making them take the tests, Catanzarite filled out written tests for drivers who were potentially unqualified. Drivers with virtually no command of English were routinely passed as proficient in the language.

The 49-year-old Catanzarite said he pocketed at least $10,000 in bribes. He was sentenced to 17 months in prison, and the judge ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service and undergo a mental health evaluation.