Trucker pleads guilty in ongoing Hired Truck investigation

| Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Another truck driver has pleaded guilty in the ongoing federal investigation into the city of Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

On Tuesday, April 4, trucker Carl Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of bribery for his involvement in the program.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Edwards bribed city officials in exchange for 75 loads of city-owned asphalt. He paid a $150 bribe per load. He then sold the asphalt to private contractors at $300 per load – half of what the asphalt cost the city.

Edwards agreed to a plea bargain and is expected to receive nine months in prison with the possibility of probation when he is sentenced, the Tribune reported.

To date, 44 individuals have been charged in the ongoing federal investigation into Hired Truck, in which trucking companies gave bribes and political contributions to city employees in exchange for lucrative contracts with the city. Thirty-five people have pleaded guilty or to have been found guilty. Twenty-one people – 17 of whom are city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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