Trucking company owner pleads guilty, former city employee charged

| 2/15/2006

Another trucking company owner pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 14, for his involvement in Chicago’s Hired Truck program, the same day a former city dispatcher was given his own charges in the ongoing federal investigation.

Anthony Affetto, owner of Affetto Trucking Inc., admitted in court to paying thousands of dollars in bribes and campaign contributions in exchange for more than $1.5 million in work from the city, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Affetto is scheduled for sentencing May 4, and could receive anywhere from 24 to 30 months in prison, the Tribune reported.

On the same day, Frank Cannatello, a former dispatcher for the city’s water department, was charged with making false statements to federal agents.

According to the Tribune, Cannatello claimed during earlier questioning that he had no connection with FRC Trucking, a company that illegally paid bribes in exchange for $180,000 in city work. Cannatello’s charges, however, claim that he helped a relative put the company together.

To date, 43 individuals have been charged in the ongoing federal investigation into Hired Truck, in which city officials shook down trucking companies for bribes and campaign donations in exchange for lucrative city work. Twenty-eight people have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty, including 15 city workers, and 21 people have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.