Police commander indicted in Hired Truck scheme

| 5/6/2005

A former high-ranking Chicago police officer is the latest to be indicted in the city’s Hired Truck scandal, adding to the laundry list of public officials and employees charged in the corrupt program.

Michael J. Acosta, a commander with the city’s police department, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday, May 5, for allegedly depositing $3,300 in donated funds into his personal bank accounts.

According to the Daily Southtown, in March of 2004, Acosta received a donation of $7,000 from an unnamed private company, which was to be used to fund a police department luncheon. Acosta allegedly deposited $3,300 of the money into personal accounts, but returned $2,000 of it after he discovered that he was under federal investigation.

Hired Truck was a wide-reaching city program that outsourced work to trucking companies. Investigators said the program illegally filtered money from outsourced trucking companies into various political campaigns and personal accounts, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Acosta is the 13th former city official to be indicted in the investigation.