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.