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CHICAGO (AP) — A man who admitted to authorities that he was taking part in a $300,000 bribery scheme while he was mayor of a financially struggling Chicago suburb was sen- tenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison.
’The sentencing of former Markham Mayor David Webb comes more than three years after he pleaded guilty to “honest services” wire fraud and filing a false tax return. And it also follows Webb’s decision to alert federal authorities that he was tak- ing bribes from contractors doing business with the city — something he said was prompted by an out-of-con- trol gambling problem.
That admission to taking bribes made through cam- paign contributions, shell companies and even cash stuffed into coffee cups and his cooperation with federal authorities that included tes- tifying at the criminal trials of two developers impressed U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman.
But while the judge was willing to impose a sentence 4 1/2 years shorter than the sentence prosecutors requested, he wasn’t willing to follow the recommenda- tion by Webb’s attorneys to place the 73-year-old former mayor on home confinement.