Former Ald. Ricardo Munoz was charged in a federal indictment Thursday, federal authorities announced. | Sun-Times file photo

Federal prosecutors say that, while serving as the 22nd Ward alderman, Munoz used money from a PAC formed by the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus on a relative’s tuition and on other expenses, including jewelry, clothing, cellphones, vacations, sports tickets and airline tickets.

Former Ald. Ricardo Munoz has been accused in a federal fraud indictment of using money from a political action committee to pay personal expenses, including a relative’s college tuition.

Munoz, 56, is charged with 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. His arraignment has not been scheduled.

Federal prosecutors say that, while serving as the 22nd Ward alderman, Munoz used money from a PAC formed by the Chicago Progressive Reform Caucus on the relative’s tuition and on other expenses, including jewelry, clothing, cellphones, vacations, sports tickets and airline tickets.

Munoz was appointed alderman in 1993 and decided not to run for re-election and left the council in 2019.

The alderman’s political past has not been without controversy.

In 2010, the alderman acknowledged having used his political clout to help a relative gain admission to a selective enrollment high school.

Six months before the 2011 aldermanic election, Munoz announced he was an alcoholic and said he had checked himself into an outpatient rehab clinic.

In June 2019, he was found not guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence in connection with an allegation made by his estranged wife at the time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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