A former city
foreman involved in Chicago’s scandalous Hired Truck Program has been sentenced
to prison time.
In May, Dennis
Natale, who took $3,000 to $5,000 in bribes from truck drivers to falsely
report that they showed up for city work, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and
bribery. On Wednesday, July 6, Natale was sentenced to one year in federal
prison and must pay $19,600 in restitution to the city, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Robert Novelle Sr., told the Tribune that his client was hoping for home
confinement or a staggered sentence, so that he could continue supporting his
family. He said his client’s family was borrowing $2,000 a month to pay bills,
and is in danger of losing their $300,000 home.
So far, 27 people
have been charged in the ongoing federal investigation of the corrupt program
that permeated the city’s water and sewer departments. Eighteen people – eight
of whom were city workers – have pleaded guilty, according to the Chicago