Another former city employee has been sentenced to prison time for his role
in Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.
Richard Coveliers, a former city inspector, was sentenced
Tuesday, July 25, to five months in federal prison and five months of home
confinement on one count of mail fraud.
Coveliers, who also owned a trucking company that
participated in the Hired Truck program during its heyday, was indicted on
illegally conducting business with the city while working as a city employee, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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-seven people – 23 of whom were city workers – have already been
sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.