Sentencing delayed for Hired Truck defendant

| Thursday, December 15, 2005

The sentencing of a former city employee involved in Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program has been put on hold while he undergoes cancer treatment.

Roger McMahon, a former Water Department employee who took $50,000 in bribes from trucking companies in exchange for city work, is undergoing chemotherapy for thyroid cancer, which has spread to his bones.

McMahon pleaded guilty in May, and faces up to 14 months in prison. However, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan agreed to postpone his sentencing while he goes through treatment.

This is not the first time problems with defendants have arisen in the ongoing federal investigation, which to date has netted charges against 37 people. In December 2004, Nick LoCoco, who oversaw Hired Truck from within the Transportation Department and faced charges, died after he was thrown from his horse in a freak riding accident.

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