Trucker charged in Chicago Hired Truck investigation

| 2/17/2006

Politicians and business owners aren’t the only ones getting caught up in the federal investigation into Chicago’s Hired Truck program.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Carl Edwards, a former truck driver, was charged with one count of bribery for his involvement in the scandal-ridden program, in which government officials took bribes and political campaign contributions from trucking companies in exchange for lucrative work with the city.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Edwards allegedly gave more than $5,000 in bribes between December 2003 and November 2004.

Edwards is the 44th person to be charged in the ongoing investigation. Twenty-eight people have pleaded guilty or been found guilty, including 15 city workers, and 21 people have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Tribune.