Another city contractor
has pleaded guilty in the federal investigation of Chicago’s scandalous Hired
On Tuesday, June 28,
paving contractor Eddie Miller pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, and
admitted to paying $350 to $400 per ton for city-owned asphalt – asphalt that
cost the city approximately $600 a ton to purchase – even though he knew the
money was being used to pay bribed Hired Truck drivers and city officials, the Chicago
According to the Chicago
Tribune, prosecutors believed Miller became involved in the scandal in
spring 2002, but Miller claimed he was not part of the scheme until the fall of
guilty without a plea bargain, and is not cooperating with investigators,the Tribune reported. He could face up to two years in prison, but his
attorney told reporters he will argue for eight to 14 months.
Miller is the 17th
person to plead guilty in the ongoing city water and sewer department
investigation, which has netted charges against 27 people to date.