January 28, 2020
Former Illinois State Senator Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery and Tax Offenses
On January 28, 2020, former Illinois State Senator Martin A. Sandoval pleaded guilty to one count of bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds and one count of filing false tax returns. A day earlier, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois filed a two-count information against Sandoval.
In the plea agreement, Sandoval admitted that he solicited and accepted financial and other benefits from an individual affiliated with a Chicago-area red-light camera company and then used his official position to block legislation harmful to the red-light-camera industry. He also admitted that he accepted more than $250,000 in bribes in return for using his official position to benefit certain individuals and their business interests and that he had underreported his income on his 2012–2017 tax returns.
Sandoval stepped down from his position as chairman of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee and resigned from the State legislature after Federal search warrants were executed at his legislative office, personal residence, and associated locations in September 2019.