A city building inspector was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for demanding and accepting bribes from developers to approve inspections at construction sites.
Jose Hernandez was convicted following a trial in September on bribery charges and sentenced Friday for soliciting or obtaining cash bribes totaling about $30,000 from contractors, developers and homeowners since at least 2005, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Hernandez, 47, of Chicago, had worked for the city as an inspector since 1988, the release said. He was also fined $10,000 by U.S. District Judge David Coar and ordered to report to prison Jan. 31.
Twenty-one defendants, including 15 current or former City of Chicago employees, have been convicted as part of the federal corruption investigation code-named Operation Crooked Code.