A trucking company
owner who had been convicted of four felonies – including federal racketeering
charges – was allowed to continue participating in Chicago’s corrupt Hired
Truck Program for more than a year, the Chicago Tribune has reported.
Documents seized by
federal investigators show that Gregory Paloian – whose trucking company, Ruff
Edge Inc., had a number of trucks involved in the hired truck program – was not
cut from the program after being convicted. City rules prohibit convicted
felons from working with the city.
According to the Tribune,
Hired Truck Manager Angelo Torres, who has already been convicted in the
ongoing federal investigation, should have removed Paloian from the program.
Paloian has not been
charged in relation to the Hired Truck scandal, but is currently in a federal
work-release institution in relation to one of his previous convictions. So
far, 28 people involved in the scandal are facing charges.