Former city worker sentenced in ongoing Hired Truck investigation

| 7/19/2006

A former employee with the city of Chicago has been sentenced for his role in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

On Wednesday, July 19, former water department employee Frank Cannatello was sentenced to three months in federal prison for soliciting bribes on behalf of a trucking company he owned in exchange for work with the city, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to the Tribune, those bribes amounted to more than $180,000 in city work for his company. Cannatello’s repayment, however, will be much smaller – in addition to the jail time, he’ll also be paying a $5,000 fine.

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-six people – 22 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.