Former city employee gets prison time in Hired Truck case

| Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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.

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