On November 14, 2017, following a one day bench trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, Lennie Perry, a former employee of the City of Chicago, was found guilty of 2 felony counts of bribery (720 ILCS 5/33-1(d)(e)) and 2 felony counts of official misconduct (720 ILCS 5/33-3(b)(d)). State of Illinois v. Lennie Perry, et al., 14-CR-18627 (Cir. Ct. of Cook County, IL.) Perry’s wife, Arica Reed-Perry, plead guilty to one count of felony theft for the role she played in the scheme. She was sentenced to 24 months of second chance probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $150.
The investigation, which was conducted by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General, working in conjunction with the Office of the Cook County’s State’s Attorney and the Chicago Police Department, revealed that while working as a Pool Motor Truck Driver for the Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), Perry, on three separate occasions and while on duty as a City tow truck driver, relocated automobiles parked on City Streets. He then solicited and received bribes in exchange for returning the relocated vehicles to the victims.
The sentencing hearing for Perry is scheduled for December 11, 2017 before Judge Lawrence Flood.