Another employee of
Chicago’s Sewer Department has pleaded guilty, bringing the total number of
guilty pleas in the city’s Hired Truck scandal to 19.
Richard Coveliers, a
former city water inspector, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on
Friday, July 15, The Associated Press reported.
According to media
reports, Coveliers set up Cayla Trucking Co. and illegally obtained work with
the city after a fellow employee told him he could get steady work. During
testimony, he admitted that his company made $1.4 million over six years
through the program.
Coveliers faces a
maximum sentence of 20 years and $250,000 in fines, but is expected to receive
two years to 30 months, prosecutors told the Chicago Tribune.