Former trucking company official pleads guilty in 'Hired Truck' case

| 5/1/2006

Another former trucking company employee has pleaded guilty to bribery charges for his involvement in the city of Chicago’s scandal-ridden “Hired Truck” program.

Richard Rylewicz, a former accountant for Garfield Trucking Co., admitted in court Friday, April 28, to giving $6,600 in bribes to city officials in exchange for lucrative city work for his company.

Rylewicz’s sentencing is scheduled for July 27, where he could face up to two and one-half years in prison, the Chicago Tribune reported.

To date, 44 people 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 or have been found guilty. Twenty-two people – 18 of whom are city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.