Chicago Man Sentenced to More Than Four and a Half Years for Bribing City Officials

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

April 19, 2023

CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been sentenced to more than four and a half years in federal prison for offering and providing bribes to City of Chicago officials in an effort to benefit his clients.

According to prosecutors, Roberto Caldero, 70, of Chicago pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud back in September, 2022.  Caldero confessed that in 2016, he offered and arranged for bribes to be provided to a City of Chicago alderman and a Chicago Public Schools employee in exchange for them taking official actions to benefit Caldero’s clients that were seeking custodial services contract with CPS, an honorary street name designation in Chicago, and the renaming of a parcel of property believed to be a Chicago Park District park.  

Caldero admitted that he offered in return to the CPS employee future employment, champagne, discounted event space for a family event, and admission to an annual benefit for a museum.  Caldero admitted offering the alderman campaign contributions to be made to political organizations affiliated with the alderman or his ward.  Unbeknownst to Caldero, the alderman was cooperating with the FBI.