Trucking owner sentenced for bribery in Chicago

| 12/8/2005

A Chicago trucking company owner has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison and pay a $30,000 fine as the courts continue to punish those involved in the Windy City’s Hired Truck Program scandal.

A federal judge Wednesday, Dec. 7, sentenced Salvador Alvarez, owner of Sarch Hauling Ltd., a few months after Alvarez, 54, pleaded guilty to a bribery charge.

Alvarez admitted to paying former city employee John “Quarters” Boyle $28,000 to get Hired Truck jobs after a city deadline had passed.

The Chicago Sun-Times began investigating the Hired Truck Program in 2003 and came to several conclusions that included alleging bribery, political kickbacks, possible mob ties, and a $40-million per year in truck contracts by the city, which didn’t always lead to actual work.

Thirty-seven people have been charged in the scandal, including 21 city employees. The majority pleaded guilty. Sentences so far have ranged from three months probation to seven years in prison.

During Wednesday’s proceedings, U.S. District Judge John Grady called the Hired Truck Program a disgrace to the city of Chicago, the Sun-Times reported.

Alvarez was remorseful during the sentencing and apologized to the people of Chicago, according to the latest Sun-Times report.

Boyle, at the center of the Hired Truck investigation, has also pleaded guilty on several charges.