High-ranking Tomczak sentenced in Hired Truck case

| 11/9/2006

After being delayed by a week due to health issues, former city employee Donald Tomczak has been sentenced for his involvement in the city's corruption-laced Hired Truck program.

On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9, Tomczak, who formerly served as the second-in-command for the city's Department of Water Management, was sentenced to 47 months in federal prison - the maximum punishment allowed - for taking close to $400,000 in bribes from trucking company leaders, as well as participating in illegal hiring practices.

Tomczak was originally scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 1, but was delayed because of his hospitalization for undisclosed medical reasons.

Dozens have already been sentenced in the ongoing investigation, in which trucking companies gave bribes and political contributions to city officials in exchange for lucrative city work contracts.