BEVERLY — The last of four men involved in an alleged squatting scheme involving homes in Beverly and Morgan Park has been arrested, according to Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th).
O'Shea emailed constituents Monday afternoon with news of the arrest of Arshad Thomas. He was the last of the men to remain at large for illegally occupying more than a dozen homes on the Far Southwest Side, the alderman said in the statement.
Thomas, 27, provided a P.O. Box address on the West Side at the time of his arrest on Dec. 12, according to records provided by the Cook County Sheriff.
He was arrested on an unrelated charge and was latter arraigned for his involvement in the scheme that involved squatters renting out homes they did not own, according to O'Shea.
Thomas' bond has been set at $250,000 for these charges with an additional $250,000 bond for previous charges. A formal indictment is expected in January, O'Shea said.
"Moving forward, I intend to remain personally involved in the prosecution of all four defendants," O'Shea wrote in the email alert.
Others involved in the alleged plot include Torrez Moore, 55, and David Farr, 45, who were arrested in July and charged with burglary, theft and financial-institution fraud.
Raymond Trimble, 52, was then arrested on Dec. 10 and also charged with illegally renting out vacant houses. He is being held without bond, O'Shea said last week.
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