AT&T is adding to the long list of fines levied against, this time to the tune of $23 million for bribery.
Illinois Bell Telephone Company, LLC, which does business as AT&T Illinois, today agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into alleged misconduct involving the company’s efforts to unlawfully influence former Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan.
AT&T admitted to arranging “for payments to be made to an ally of Madigan to influence and reward Madigan’s efforts to assist AT&T Illinois with respect to legislation sought by the company.”
Under the agreement, the prosecution will be deferred for two years, giving AT&T time to abide by conditions set by the DOJ. Should those conditions be met, the case will be dismissed in two years.