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Convicted Chicago-area subcontractor given 12-month sentence
Mar 17

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A 12-month prison sentence has been handed to a woman convicted of helping a general contractor falsely claim it was fulfilling a Chicago requirement to hire women-owned companies for city work.

Elizabeth Perino of Willowbrook was convicted by a federal jury last June on three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud.

Lawyers for the 62-year-old Perino sought probation and home confinement. But U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman on Thursday said he opted for prison to send a message to ``an industry that needs to clean up its act. '

Federal prosecutors contended Perino falsified paperwork to suggest her company, Perdel Contracting Co., would perform work on the projects when it did not.

Prosecutors say a city ordinance sets a goal of awarding at least 5 percent of total annual funding of all city contracts to certified Women's Business Enterprises.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2017