Trucking company owner pleads guilty in Hired Truck debacle

| 6/17/2005

Another trucking company owner has pleaded guilty in Chicago’s corrupt Hired Truck Program, raising the number of guilty pleas in the investigation to 15.

Larry S. Peters, former owner of LR&C Truck Line, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, and admitted to paying up to $120,000 in bribes in exchange for work with the city’s Department of Water Management, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He also admitted to bribing city officials to swindle $15,000 out of a city employee benefit fund.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Peters’ company made an average of $550,000 in revenue from its work with the Hired Truck Program.

Peters’ sentencing will take place on Sept. 30. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years but will likely face less than two years in federal prison, the Sun-Times said.

Twenty-seven people have been indicted in the corrupt city program, four of whom pled guilty this week. Yesterday, Debra Coveliers, wife of a former trucking company owner, pleaded guilty to one count of witness tampering for coaching another unnamed woman, known as “Cayla Official A,” to lie to federal investigators.