Felon allowed to work in Hired Truck program, paper reveals

| Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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.

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