Chicago Ald. Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno charged with insurance fraud, obstruction of justice

Proco Moreno III, 47.

CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman has been charged after he was taken into police custody Tuesday evening.

Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward, was charged with one felony count of insurance fraud and one felony count of obstruction of justice.

Moreno was released on his own recognizance Wednesday. He did not answer any questions when he walked out of court.

In February, detectives opened an investigation less than a day after WGN Investigates reported on the strange circumstances surrounding Moreno's claim that his car had been stolen.

The alderman called it a “misunderstanding” between him and a woman he said he used to date. She spent the night in jail and was charged with a misdemeanor after police arrested her driving the alderman’s Audi in February.

She provided WGN with photos and text messages that appeared to show Moreno telling her to come pick up the car in early January, one day before he reported it stolen.

Moreno represents the 1st Ward, which includes portions of West Town, Wicker Park and Bucktown.

He lost a re-election bid last month.

Moreno is due back in court on June 4.

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