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City worker convicted of bribery to hide property violations | 11/13/2009 | Chicago Tribune

A 52-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.

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