Torrez Moore                                    Fahim Ali 
Earlier today, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the filing of felony fraud and theft-related charges against four individuals for illegally occupying more than a dozen single family homes in the Beverly/Morgan Park area. The defendants are accused of illegally taking over homes as squatters, and in some cases, profiting financially by subsequently renting out the homes to tenants despite having no ownership stake in the houses. Currently, two defendants, Torrez Moore and Fahim Ali are in custody, while the search for Raymond Trimble and Arshad Thomas is ongoing.   To view a recent Fox News report on these arrests, please click here


The charges are the result of a lengthy investigation by the Chicago Police Financial Crimes Unit and 22nd District that was initiated by complaints from area residents who noticed suspicious activities in the houses, many of which became unoccupied after foreclosure procedures.   As of this morning, we are happy to report that all of these properties are now vacant and secure. 


Today's charges represents the largest prosecution of this type of crime to date in Cook County.  The investigation succeeded in large part because of the cooperation of several local residents, proving once again what can be accomplished when communities work in partnership with law enforcement. Moving forward, we will remain in regular contact with the State's Attorney's Office and provide periodic updates on this matter. 


The 19th Ward Office and Beverly Area Planning Association would like to thank the entire community for your patience during this process. We'd also like to recognize the incredible effort put forth by the Chicago Police Department Financial Crimes Unit & 22nd District, Chicago Building Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), State's Attorney's Office, and Recorder of Deeds.  Their ongoing collaboration has made the community safer for all of us, and for that we are most grateful.   



Matthew J. O'Shea                              Margot Holland
Alderman, 19th Ward                          Executive Director, BAPA