A Chicago alderman was thrown out this week – accused of insurance fraud and obstruction of justice – for allegedly filing a false police report against a former police officer, police said.
Proco "Joe" Moreno, from Windy City's 1st Ward, was due to appear in a bond court Wednesday after being arrested the previous night on a warrant for arrest, local media reports said.
He is accused of lying to police in January, when he reported that his 2016 Audi A6 sedan had been stolen.
Moreno reportedly told the police that his ex-girlfriend, who was not identified, was the only one to have access to the car. She was subsequently arrested and arrested on the charge of violating the law by a motor vehicle.
After being questioned, the woman insisted that Moreno had allowed her to use the Audi and that they had been going out for a long time. The authorities investigated her claims and finally dropped the charges against her.
The photos and texting obtained by WGN showed that Moreno had ordered the woman to pick up her car in early January – just one day before he reported it stolen, the store reports.
Moreno will step down later this month after losing his re-election bid. He also faces a charge of disorderly conduct in addition to charges of obstruction of justice and insurance fraud.
John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., Moreno's Hearing Judge, is the same judge who led the proceedings for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett – who was also charged with filing a false police report. Moreno's deposit was set at $ 100,000.