Former Cook County commissioner looks like he'll plead guilty to bribery

November 19, 2012

Download Story

Former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno looks like he’ll be pleading guilty to bribery charges. Moreno’s attorney Richard Kling won’t come right out and say it, but in court Monday morning he told a federal judge there’s no need for a trial date in the case because it will be resolved without a trial.

Moreno was arrested along with former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano. Medrano already did two years in prison in the 1990s for a bribery scheme as an alderman. In this scheme he and Moreno were allegedly pushing the Cook County hospital to make a large purchase of bandages. Prosecutors say Moreno and Medrano were going to get kickbacks from the bandage distributor if the hospital made the purchase. Moreno was going to make $5 on every dermafill patch, but that would add up to $70  a box and they talked about selling a thousand boxes, which would have netted Moreno $70 thousand.

Medrano’s attorney Gal Pissetzky says Medrano will push forward with trial and says if Moreno is cooperating with prosecutors then whatever he is saying will be challenged at Medrano’s trial through cross examination.