City employee sentenced to probation for Hired Truck ties

| 10/13/2006

A former city employee will serve two years’ probation for his involvement in Chicago’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck program.

Bruno Bertucci, the former supervisor for the city’s Bureau of Forestry, was given the punishment Thursday in federal court on an obstruction of justice conviction.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bertucci was indicted after he told another city employee to “just play dumb” about his involvement in Hired Truck. Unfortunately for Bertucci, the unnamed man was an informant for the FBI, and was recording the conversation.

Bertucci’s probation sentence could’ve been 16 months in prison, had he not agreed to cooperate with investigators, according to the Sun-Times.

Thirty-seven people have pleaded guilty or been found guilty for their involvement in Hired Truck, in which trucking company owners gave bribes and political contributions to city employees in exchange for lucrative city work. Thirty people – 26 of whom were city workers – have already been sentenced, according to the Sun-Times.