Digital Access

Digital Access
Access and all Shaw Media Illinois content from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

News, features, sports, opinion and more!

Email Newsletters

Sign up for MyWebTimes email newsletters and stay in the know.
Crime & Courts

Police: Somonauk man tried to enlist police chief in bribery scheme

Ryan F. Sargis
Ryan F. Sargis

If you're planning to commit a crime, it's often not a good idea to enlist the local police chief to help you.

But that's what DeKalb County prosecutors say the manager of a restaurant in Sandwich did recently.

Ryan F. Sargis, 44, Somonauk, was charged with bribery Thursday after police say they recorded him discussing a scheme with Sandwich Police Chief James Bianchi.

According to court documents, Sargis met with Bianchi and offered him $500 to give to interim Mayor Rich Robinson. In return, Sargis wanted the mayor's help to help secure a special use permit for Route 34 Pub & Grub, 1201 E. Church St., according to court documents. Documents show that Sargis is in charge of daily business at the restaurant.

Sargis was arrested at 12:21 p.m. in the 1200 block of E Church Street, Sandwich.

According to court documents, police obtained a warrant on Aug. 30 to authorize eavesdropping by police to record conversations in their investigation.

Workers at the restaurant declined to comment Friday.

Sargis posted $2,000 bail on Thursday and was released from jail, according to court records. He is next due in court 9 a.m. Sept. 25.

Loading more