Ambrosio Medrano Convicted: Ex-Chicago Alderman Found Guilty In Bribery Scheme

A former Chicago alderman appears to be heading back to prison after a jury convicted him on a federal bribery charge in court Monday.

Jurors deliberated for about four hours before they convicted Ambrosio Medrano of conspiracy to commit bribery, the Associated Press reports.

Convicted alongside Medrano Monday were Gustavo Buenrostro, a longtime friend of the former alderman's, and James Barta, the Chicago Tribune reports. Their convictions carry a maximum prison sentence of five years each.

Medrano, who was was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison in connection with Operation Silver Shovel in 1996, was convicted of conspiring with Buenrostro and Barta to pay off an official in California in order to secure a lucrative mail order prescription contract with Los Angeles County, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Late last week, Medrano's attorney said his client never believed the California official existed, but that he thought the proposed deal he discussed with a mediator -- an undercover FBI agent -- was "legit," the Associated Press reports.

Medrano, 59, was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1991 and represented the city's 25th Ward.

William Beavers

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