Former city engineer sentenced in Hired Truck scandal

| 8/5/2005

A former employee with Chicago’s Transportation Department has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for accepting bribes in the city’s scandalous Hired Truck program.

Jason Martin, who worked as an engineer while employed by the city, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery for taking more than $13,000 in bribes from a friend in exchange for work with the city, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, Martin could have faced up to two years in prison, but his sentence was reduced because he is cooperating with authorities. He also faces a fine of $5,000.

Martin is the 22nd person to be convicted in the ongoing federal investigation into the Hired Truck program. Seven people await charges.