Ex-Cook County Official Cops To Extortion, Bribe Schemes

Law360, Chicago (July 1, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT) -- A former Cook County Commissioner pled guilty in Illinois federal court Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, admitting that he used his political sway to secure a government contract for a co-defendant and also took bribes tied to a contract for public hospital bandages.

Joseph Mario Moreno entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman under a plea agreement he inked with prosecutors that said his anticipated advisory sentencing guideline range is 14 to 17 1/2 years in prison. He is...
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