Former Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan pleads guilty to bribery scheme

Former Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan pleads guilty to bribery scheme

John O’Sullivan, a former Worth Township Supervisor and a former state legislator | Sun-Times file

The ex-state lawmaker also added his name to the lengthy list of individuals who have agreed to cooperate in the feds’ ongoing public corruption investigations.

Former Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a scheme to bribe an Oak Lawn trustee for the benefit of a politically connected red-light camera company.

O’Sullivan, an ex-state lawmaker, also added his name to the lengthy list of individuals who have agreed to cooperate in the feds’ ongoing public corruption investigations. His plea was accepted during a virtual hearing by U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against O’Sullivan back in April. They accused him of playing a role in the scheme to pay off a relative of an Oak Lawn trustee in May 2017, as part of a bid to expand SafeSpeed LLC’s footprint in the southwest suburb.

O’Sullivan worked as a sales agent for the company, which has not been criminally charged.

The feds say that scheme also involved onetime SafeSpeed consultant Patrick Doherty and former SafeSpeed partner Omar Maani, who have also been charged in separate cases. Maani struck a deferred-prosecution deal and agreed to cooperate in the feds’ investigation.

Last month, prosecutors filed a new indictment that expanded their case against Doherty.

The scheme involving O’Sullivan began when Doherty broached the idea of a payoff to the Oak Lawn trustee in a call with Maani on May 23, 2017, according to court records. He allegedly said the Oak Lawn trustee was “out of a job” and that “he’s looking for a job for his kid.”

The trustee’s son was “looking to make as much money as he can because he’s going to college, and his dad’s gonna have no money to give him because he’s outta work,” Doherty explained, according to court records. The feds say Doherty also suggested paying the son $800 a week for two months.

That same day, O’Sullivan told the trustee the plan was to pay $500 a week over those two months, according to court records. Doherty allegedly told O’Sullivan he’d make the payments “if it’s going to get us the job,” adding, “I’ll just pay it. Just make sure we get the, make sure we get the f—ing thing, the contract.”

Prosecutors have also said O’Sullivan gave Doherty the son’s phone number so Doherty could offer him the job.