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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago Man Charged With Forgery
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Chicago man has been charged with one count of Forgery, (Class 3 Felony) for allegedly submitting false documents to the DuPage County Department of Probation. Roberto Almeida, 43 (d.o.b. 4/17/1974) of 5428 S. Tripp Avenue, turned himself in to authorities on November 14, 2017. He posted the necessary $1,000, or 10% of his bond, and was released later the same day.
In July 2017, a DuPage County judge received a letter from a criminal defendant stating that he had completed court ordered treatment through a company owned by Almeida. Following a review of the document received by the Court, it is alleged that Almeida’s company was not authorized by the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse as a treatment provider. It is further alleged that treatment was not provided to the defendant as ordered in the previous case. On October 30, 2017, a $10,000 arrest warrant was issued for Almeida.
“It is alleged that Mr. Almeida falsified a document indicating that court ordered treatment for a defendant had been completed when in fact it had not,” Berlin said. “The charge against Mr. Almeida is very serious in that his alleged actions were an attempt to undermine the authority of the Court. Court orders are orders, they are not suggestions and any attempt to circumvent the authority of the court will not be tolerated. I would like to thank officials with the DuPage County Department of Probation for bringing this matter to our attention. I would also like to thank Investigator Nick Liberio as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Meindl for their work on this case.”
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.