Pal of Cicero Town President Larry Dominick to plead guilty
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter July 22, 2014 3:38PM
George Hunter at a Cicero election board meeting in January 2013. | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: August 24, 2014 6:28AM
A federally indicted pal of Cicero Town President Larry Dominick plans to plead guilty in the tax fraud case against him.
Plumber George Hunter — whose sewer business has received more than $1.8 million from Cicero taxpayers without a contract — is accused of dodging more than $400,000 in taxes.
His lawyer claimed at the time of his indictment in October that Hunter, 59, was only targeted by the feds as payback because he’d refused to cooperate with the FBI against Dominick.
But court records filed this week show that Hunter now intends to plead guilty on September 3. Details of any plea deal he has with prosecutors have yet to be made public, and Hunter’s attorney did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Tuesday.
Dominick’s political opponents have repeatedly alleged that Dominick was a partner in Hunter’s business, Superior Sewer Solution, which the feds say failed to pay taxes in 2007 and 2008, and which the Sun-Times in 2011 reported got nearly $2 million in work from Cicero without bidding for contracts.
Dominick has denied having any business dealings with Hunter.
But in court depositions for a lawsuit previously filed by one of Dominick’s brothers against the town, several people testified Hunter and Dominick were partners in a sewer business in the 1990s.
And after Hunter starting getting money from Cicero, the plumber bought Dominick’s Stickney home for $100,000 more than the town president paid for it.
The feds are clearly interested in Hunter’s connections. In 2012 they used a grand jury subpoena to grab records of the company’s dealings with Cicero.
Dominick’s spokesman, Ray Hanania, did not immediately respond Tuesday for comment.