Contractor admits stealing asphalt in Hired Truck scandal

| Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Another city contractor has pleaded guilty in the federal investigation of Chicago’s scandalous Hired Truck Program.

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 Sun-Times reported.

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 that year.

Miller pleaded 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.

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