Two Moreno supporters say enough and another is in jail

Date: 
02/24/2015
JMoreno

Alderman Moreno

This week is not going well for 1st Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno. Two long time supporters, one from East Village and the other from Logan Square are publicly saying "We've had enough," while one of his 1st Ward First supporters/workers is sitting in jail charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and aggravated identity theft. 

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Greg Nagel

Greg Nagel
Greg Nagel, Ask Nagel Realty, 1919 W. Division St., past president of the East Village Association (EVA) said, "I have supported Moreno since he ran for state senator and then alderman. I liked him." 

As EVA's president, I saw that Moreno was not always acting in the interest of the Ward. "One thing and then another, he went back on what he said." 

For examples, he said, "The Shambles bar on Division St. received a 4 a.m. license after giving a large campaign donation. It is the only such license on the street. That is unacceptable. 

"He lifted a liquor moratorium to allow CVS Pharmacy to sell liquor, even though the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce was against it. The way we found out about it was when we saw a sign in the CVS window advertising liquor. 

"Then there was a special use for a pawn shop on the Polish Triangle. Not that he disagrees, he just says one thing and does another. And, it has been one thing after another. 

"One should not bet against an incumbent. I'm scared that he will be difficult. He has the ability to impact my life. But I love my neighborhood. It is morally and ethically a time for me to stand up and say, 'enough.' I am supporting Ronda Locke." 

TwoJoes

At Kopera's sign raising with Moreno

Joe Kopera
Going north up Milwaukee Ave. to Logan Square, there is another long time resident, Joe Kopera. As he says in a letter, "Four years ago I was an active supporter of Alderman Joe Moreno. I liked him personally and believed what he told us. Joe even named a street after me. 

"I was sad to realize that Joe Moreno had changed. He became a typical politician, taking big money from developers, pawn shops, music venues and other special interests. He has stopped listening to our community input. 

"I have decided to support Anne Shaw. " 

Enrique Borges
A familiar face in the Alderman's office and at 1st Ward First events, Enrique Borges from the 2800 block of N. Mobile, has been charged with financial exploitation of the elderly and aggravated identity theft, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. 

Wearing a police-like badge around his neck, Borges, 50, claimed to be a Chaplain when he met the victim at a community church where the victim had recently expressed concerns about the safety of his money and finances.  

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Enrique Borges

Within three days of meeting Borges, the 84-year-old victim, who speaks only Spanish, signed a power of attorney assigning legal authority for his affairs to Borges.  

On Jan. 15th, Borges took the victim to the bank where the victim closed his personal bank accounts and obtained two cashier’s checks in amounts totaling more than $96,000. Borges then took the victim to his personal bank and, claiming to be the victim’s son-in-law, acted as an interpreter for the victim and opened joint bank accounts in both of their names.  

According to prosecutors, the victim did not realize or give authority to open joint bank accounts, nor did he realize that Borges was alleging he was related to the victim. 

Two weeks later, on Jan 29th, Borges transferred more than $12,000 from the joint account to his personal account at the same bank. A few days later, on Feb. 3rd, Borges transferred an additional $55,000 from the joint account to his personal account.  

When the victim went to the bank on his own the following day, he was informed that Borges was a joint account holder and that he had transferred more than $60,000 out of the joint accounts into his personal account. After learning that the victim did not give permission to open joint accounts, bank officials froze the joint accounts as well as Borges’ personal accounts. 

Borges was arrested Feb. 17 when he showed up at the bank to make a transaction. When he was taken into custody by police, Borges had a badge, the victim’s debit card and personal documents belonging to the victim in his possession. 

Borges, who was convicted in a 1982 of a gang-related murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison, appeared in court at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building where Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan set his bond at $100,000. His next court date is Feb. 24 in Branch 44.

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