Trucking company owner charged in ongoing Hired Truck investigation

| Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Another trucking company owner has pleaded guilty to one count of bribery for his involvement in the ongoing federal investigation into the city of Chicago's scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Robert Mangiamele, owner of R&V Trucking LLC, pleaded guilty and admitted to paying approximately $1,500 a year in bribes to Deputy Commissioner Donald Tomczak in exchange for lucrative city hauling work, according to the Chicago Tribune .

From city work, Mangiamele's company earned approximately $175,000 between 1998 and 2003, the Tribune reported.

To date, 37 individuals have been charged in the ongoing federal investigation into Hired Truck, in which city workers accepted bribes and campaign contributions from private trucking firms in exchange for city work. Twenty-five people have been found guilty, including 13 city workers, and 20 people have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times .

Tomczak, who took Mangiamele's bribes, has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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