Fmr. Chicago Alderman Convicted of Third Corruption Charge

Ambrosio Medrano / AP

Ambrosio Medrano / AP


Former Chicago Democratic Ald. Ambrosio Medrano was convicted of a third corruption charge Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Medrano pleaded guilty “ in a 2010 bribery scheme to influence a bandage contract.”

Medrano, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, but he reached no agreement with prosecutors on what his sentence should be. Prosecutors said they plan to ask for up to 20 years in prison at sentencing in January, while Medrano’s attorney, Gal Pissetzky, said closer to 2 years in prison would be appropriate.

A disgraced former alderman who went to prison two decades ago in Chicago’s infamous Operation Silver Shovel probe, Medrano is also awaiting sentencing on a separate conviction earlier this year for plotting to pay off a Los Angeles official for a mail-order pharmaceutical contract with the Cook County hospital system. He faces up to 5 years in prison in that case.

The charges stemmed from a lengthy federal investigation in which the government used a mole—Michael DiFoggio, a Bridgeport businessman with tax troubles who was a pal of Medrano’s—and an undercover FBI agent to snag a number of targets, including Joseph Mario Moreno, a former Cook County commissioner.