Daley relative sentenced for involvement in Hired Truck scandal

| 6/1/2006

A former city employee has been sentenced for his involvement in Chicago’s Hired Truck scandal.

On Wednesday, May 31, former Dispatcher John Briatta was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for taking at least $5,400 in bribes from trucking companies and steering city work toward those companies.

Briatta has had a higher profile than many Hired Truck defendants because of his connections with the city’s highest-ranking political family. His brother-in-law, John Daley, is the Cook County Commissioner. John Daley’s brother, Richard M. Daley, is the mayor of Chicago.

To date, 45 individuals have been charged for their involvement with Hired Truck, in which trucking companies gave bribes and political contributions to city employees in exchange for lucrative contracts with the city. Thirty-seven people have pleaded guilty or have been found guilty. Twenty-three people – 19 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.