Former Chicago Alderman guilty for bribery

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Former Ald. Ambrosio Medrano enters the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse for his trial on bribery charges last week. (John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune / June 11, 2013)

Former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano, along with two others, were convicted today by a federal judge for conspiring to pay bribe to win a contract with Los Angeles County.

Medrano, who was also convicted in the 1990s, was caught up in an FBI sting back in 2011.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Stetler said Friday that Medrano knew an undercover FBI agent posing as a crooked medical rep had a public official on the take in Los Angeles because they had been involved in an earlier corrupt scheme together.

Also on trial are Medrano’s longtime Chicago friend, Gustavo Buenrostro, and James Barta, owner of Sav-Rx, a mail-order pharmaceutical business based in Nebraska.

Medrano could face jail time.

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