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City worker guilty of bribery to hide property violations
November 13, 2009 4:44 PM
A 51-year-old City of Chicago employee was convicted today of bribery after he was accused of paying off another city worker to erase code violations for property he owned, prosecutors said.
It took a jury eight hours to convict Gustavo Ramirez, of the 4600 block of North Harding Avenue, an engineering technician for the city’s Department of Water Management, said Cook County state’s attorney’s spokesman Andy Conklin. Authorities said Ramirez paid at least $200 to have the Department of Buildings purge information about violations for several of his properties from its computer system.
Between November 2006 and roughly January 2007, Ramirez paid who he thought was a Buildings Department employee to purge the violations, authorities said. However, that individual was really an undercover investigator from the city’s inspector general’s office.
The violations–which ranged from a defective roof to defective or missing stairs– were for four properties, including a garage he owned near 85th Street and Burley Avenue on the Southeast Side.
In November 2006, the Buildings Department told Ramirez the garage had to be demolished because it was dilapidated. Ramirez then contacted an employee from the department and offered to take that person to dinner in order to spare the garage, authorities have said.
That person then reported Ramirez to the inspector general’s office, which sent one of its investigators to do business with Ramirez while posing as a Buildings Department employee.
The undercover investigator wore a wire during a series of meetings with Ramirez, including when he paid the cash bribes, authorities said. A few months after his arrest, Ramirez was fired from his job at the Department of Water Management, said department spokesman Tom LaPorte.
Ramirez, who has no known criminal history, faces between 3 and 7 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 10.
HOW MANY ALDERMEN GO TO DINNER AND TAKE A HAND FULL OF CASH?I WOULD SAY ALL OF THEM.LETS LEVEL OUT THE PLAYING FIELD AND START TO DO A LITTE UNDERCOVER ON ALI DALEY AND HIS 50 THIEFS.SAVE THIS CITY BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
I found Patrick Daley in this recent youtube video looking fat and drunk while partying with Billy Dec in Moscow. Patrick Daley is NOT MAYORAL MATERIAL and that is evident. But IN THIS VIDEO BILLY DECK CALLS PATRICK DALEY HIS “BUSINESS PARTNER”. He is spending all that stolen taxpayer money hiding in Moscow which has no extradition treaty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XLgvvXlMi4
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