Former city employee sentenced for involvement in Hired Truck

| 8/3/2006

Another former Chicago city employee has been sentenced for his involvement in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

Michael C. “Mick” Jones, a former worker in the city clerk’s office, was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 2, to one year and one day in federal prison on bribery charges.

Although Jones will face prison time, his cooperation in bringing down his boss – former City Clerk James Laski – resulted in a reduced sentence, Assistant U.S. Attorney Manish Shah told the Chicago Tribune.

“If not for Mr. Jones, the city of Chicago would have a corrupt, bribe-taking city clerk in office today,” Manish said.

Laski, who was snagged in the bribe-taking scandal after Jones and other department insiders wore wires to work, pleaded guilty to bribery charges in May. The former attorney is currently serving two years in prison, and has been disbarred.

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-eight people – 24 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.