Former Portage mayor James Snyder’s finances and phone records were discussed Wednesday by an Internal Revenue Service agent during the second day of his retrial on a soliciting bribes charge.
A jury convicted Snyder, 42, of taking a $13,000 bribe in exchange for contracts to sell five garbage trucks to the city and using a shell company to hide income assets from the IRS while owing back personal and business taxes in February 2019. The jury acquitted Snyder on a third count that alleged he took a $12,000 bribe to get a company on Portage’s tow list.
Snyder was granted a new trial on the soliciting bribes charge in November 2019. His retrial is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly, with the Northern District of Illinois, who is the third judge to review the case.
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