Former city official sentenced in ongoing Hired Truck investigation

| Monday, April 17, 2006

Another city official has been sentenced for his involvement with Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

Robert Ricciarelli, a former assistant superintendent for the city’s Streets and Sanitation Department, was sentenced to two months in prison and ordered to pay $10,000 in fines for bribery.

Ricciarelli’s sentence was minimized because of his cooperation with investigators, which led to the indictment of such Hired Truck higher-ups as Angel Torres, John “Quarters” Boyle and Daniel Katalinic, the Chicago 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-four people have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty. Twenty-two people – 18 of whom are city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.