Former city employee pleads guilty in Hired Truck scandal

| Monday, July 18, 2005

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.

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