Prosecutors want one-year sentence for former Chicago city councilor | Crime-and-Courts


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CHICAGO – Federal prosecutors are seeking a one-year jail sentence for a former Chicago city councilor who pleaded guilty to spending money from a political fund he controlled on personal expenses.

A court note filed Wednesday shows US lawyers want Ricardo Munoz – a former 22nd Ward councilor for six terms – to be sentenced to one year and one day in prison. He is due to be sentenced on January 5.

Prosecutors said in the memo that one year in prison was “enough, but not more than necessary,” reported the Chicago Sun-Times. Munoz is also expected to pay over $ 6,000 in restitution which is “due to the victim,” they wrote.

Munoz, 57, pleaded guilty in September to stealing nearly $ 38,000 from the Progressive Reform Caucus. He used the money for personal expenses, including a family member’s school fees, jewelry, clothing, and vacations.

Munoz, who was appointed to city council by Richard M. Daley in 1993, served as caucus chair and served as treasurer.

He announced his retirement from city council in 2018.

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