Under the terms of the plea agreement, the guidelines for conviction at the federal level provide for a sentence of 121 to 151 months, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a lighter sentence if he cooperates fully and truthfully with the federal investigation. The former senator admitted to “undertaking corrupt activities with other officials and accepting money from others, in exchange for using his position as a senator from the state of Ilinois to try to serve these people and their business interests,” the plea said. During the same meeting, the SafeSpeed Sandoval representative asked how much he had to be paid, but Sandoval told him, “I can`t say. It should come from you. It`s just not my style,” the plea says. “Somehow, but not obvious,” Sandoval said according to the agreement to the company`s agent, without knowing that the person was working with investigators. The Plea Deal only identifies the red light company as “Company A,” but Sandoval himself later revealed that the company he helped was SafeSpeed, which operates red camera systems in several suburbs. Also for the first time at the court hearing in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Judge Andrea Wood suggested that Sandovaal`s pleading agreement was a courtesy of collaboration with federal prosecutors. Sandoval`s admission of guilt is the first conviction resulting from a series of high-level federal raids last year, targeting several Springfield insiders, including Sandoval and lobbyist Michael McClain, a longtime confidant of Democratic House speaker Michael Madigan. Sandovalen`s admission of guilt at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago came just a day after his indictment. He also pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return, which underestimates his income in 2017, at $US 125,905, when he actually did more than double, according to the plea deal. Sandoval failed to report more than $10,000 from criminal activity, prosecutors said.
Months later, Sandoval also arranged monthly payments of $5,000 by the safeSpeed representative, according to the Plea agreement. Sandoval initially insisted that CW-1 had to decide how much to pay for protection and said the mention of numbers was “just not my style,” according to the plea agreement. Sandoval, a Democrat of Cicero, admitted to accepting a quarter of a million dollars in bribes. While it`s unclear where most of it came from, the Plea deal describes how Sandoval used his position as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee to protect and advance the red camera industry. At a rare press conference after Sandovaal`s plea, Lausch said the investigation into official corruption was “far from over” and begged those aware of any misconduct to come forward and cooperate. It was remarkable because Lausch decided to stay behind the scenes, as some of the high-level accusations played out last year.