A former Chicago city employee who took
$214,000 in bribes in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program has been
sentenced to seven years in prison.
John “Quarters” Boyle, an engineer for the
city’s Department of Transportation, pleaded guilty in April to counts of mail
and tax fraud in the ongoing federal investigation. In addition to prison time,
Boyle was given fines totaling $305,000 in his sentencing on Friday, Aug. 12.
Boyle is one of 23 people to plead guilty in
the ongoing probe. His prison sentence is significantly longer than any of the
others, most likely because he refused to cooperate with investigators, the Chicago Tribune reported.
According to the Tribune, Boyle said he would not give any information on
friends or co-workers.
“He’s obviously proud that he’s not
cooperating,” U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald told the Tribune. “He can be proud in prison.”
Boyle was allowed to work for the city
despite a 1992 conviction for embezzling millions of dollars in change from the
Illinois Tollway, which earned him his nickname “Quarters.”