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Chicago Alderman's Father Charged in ID Scheme

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The father of a Chicago alderman appeared in federal court this morning.

62-year-old Elias Muñoz faces charges stemming from an alleged fake ID ring on Chicago’s Southwest side.

Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun reports.

Muñoz is charged with manufacturing fake IDs and aiding a conspiracy to manufacture fake IDs.

A permanent resident originally from Mexico, Muñoz is the father of 22nd ward Alderman Rick Muñoz.

He’s also the owner of Nuevo Foto Muñoz, a photo shop in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

Prosecutors allege Muñoz provided photos for fake IDs that were sold in the parking lot in front of his store.

The group at the center of the alleged ID scheme was busted in a raid last month.

Including Muñoz, 23 people are now charged in connection with alleged scheme.

The criminal complaint against him says agents seized materials for fake IDs from Muñoz’s shop—and that undercover agents negotiated deals for fake IDs in the store.

Muñoz faces five years in prison and was released on $50,000 bond.

After the initial raid, his son, Alderman Rick Muñoz said his father was innocent—but on the advice of an attorney, he is no longer commenting on the matter.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio

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