New charges filed in ongoing Hired Truck investigation

| 7/8/2005

A trucking company owner involved with the city of Chicago’s corrupt Hired Truck Program has been charged with perjury – the first new charge in four months in the ongoing federal investigation.

Salvador Alvarez, owner of Sarch Hauling Ltd., is accused of lying to a federal grand jury about how his company became involved in the program, as well as who he dealt with within the program.

According to media reports, Alvarez told the jury he learned about the city’s asphalt-hauling program from a Hispanic business magazine, but didn’t mention an alleged conversation with an unnamed individual who told him he could buy his way in by paying $30,000.

Alvarez also allegedly denied dealing with former city employees John “Quarters” Boyle and Nick LoCoco, both of whom played a sizable role in the scandal, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Alvarez is expected to plead guilty at his arraignment next week. He is the 28th person charged in the investigation, 18 of whom have pleaded guilty.