October 1, 2014
A Nebraska man has been convicted of a federal bribery charge along with a former Chicago alderman and another man.
Jurors convicted 71-year-old Jim Barta, 59-year-old former alderman Ambrosio Medrano and their friend 50-year-old Gus Buenrostro on Monday.
Prosecutors say the three men agreed to bribe an undercover FBI agent posing as a purchasing agent for a California hospital to land a pharmaceutical contract.
Barta is a cattle rancher who lives in Fremont and owns the Sav-Rx prescription company.
The three men had argued they were entrapped by FBI agents who came up with the hospital contract deal, but the jury rejected that argument.
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