Friday, January 11, 2013

Sun City Group Charges Moore Hijacked Pantry Money Donation

A spokesman for a Sun City Neighborhood Group confirmed rumors Thursday that Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore cashed checks intended for the Grafton Food Pantry and refused to return the money. Gerald LaBonte, Neighborhood 12 elected representative, charged during Public Comment at Thursday's Grafton Township meeting that Moore kept $1,080 mistakenly given to her in late October.

The money and six big boxes of edibles, said LaBonte in a detailed account, came from the 22nd food drive among Neighborhood 12's 181 homes to benefit the Grafton Food Pantry on Allison Court in Huntley.  The Charitable group's original and still officially incorporated name is the Grafton Township Food Pantry.  That's also, however, what Moore last year began calling the food donation operation she runs out of the Township offices on Vine Street in Huntley.

"Unfortunately," said LaBonte on Oct. 29, "our resident who volunteered to deliver donations...didn't know there were two food pantries in Grafton Township.  As a result...the donations were given by mistake to the wrong food pantry."

LaBonte said when he discovered the error he asked Moore for the money back on Nov. 5.  "A summary of the Supervisor's response was that the checks were already cashed, that the money would not be returned and that the money's would still be benefiting needy families...."

LaBonte said that wasn't good enough since the Grafton Food Pantry could have used it to buy what he said was "over $4,000 worth of food" from the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Moore's operation can't. "We want our donations to help not just some needy families but as many needy families as possible," LaBonte said calling Moore's decision a "legalistic" response to "an innocent mistake".

Moore didn't reply to LaBonte during the meeting .  FEN questioned her afterward, however.

"This was General Assistance funds as far as I'm concerned," said Moore adding she'd have to consult her attorney about giving the money back.

Didn't you check with your attorney back in November?

"Yes."

And he said it was the Township's money and you couldn't give it back?

"Indirectly", said Moore. 

"I have to be careful with General Assistance Funds," she said.

In the pic:  Grafton Supervisor Linda Moore's food pantry.

31 comments :

- Rob LaPorta said...

Pete,

The Board did question Moore on this; she was silent. The Board then requested a copy of the Letter that LaBonte read from; presented the letter to the clerk, and requested the clerk to put it on the agenda for next month's meeting so that we can vote to have the money returned. It appears the groceries and canned goods have already been distributed.

After the meeting, I apologized to LaBonte as part of the Township board but he stated to me apology not required, that he understood, as referred to in his letter, that it resulted from Moore's lack of ethics; not the board's ethics.

Anonymous said...

Lack of ethics concerning Linda Moore is exactly right! Just say NO MOORE!

Anonymous said...

A crook is a crook! She needs to meet our Attorney General in a new pair of shiny silver bracelets.

As for all of the stamps that are mysteriously vaporizing, I wonder if could buy stamps at a discount from the township offices? Cash only please...

Paper trails are not encouraged around here...

Anonymous said...

People need to know who they are giving money too! If you give money to a snake it doesn't do much good to complain after the fact

First Electric Newspaper LLC said...

LaPorta comment: Yes, now I remember LaBonte returning to his seat after giving copies of his letter. I've corrected the story.--ed.

Anonymous said...

============= Thats -So - Wrong = she HAS TO GO ==VOTE HER OUT ===

Anonymous said...

I would have put a stop payment on the check even though the check had been cashed. This way the bank that the monies came from would get involved and reverse the transaction. Cashing a check by the incorrect payee is check fraud and most banks have a fraud department to help resolve these types of issues. Of course a fee for stop payment would be issued. I would be glad to donate the stop payment amount.

That amount of money would have helped so many more people at a food pantry that has the ability to buy food at a low cost from a food bank.

I hope the board is able to get the money returned to the Sun City group and we as a township do not have to cough up more money on legal fees.

This story has truly made me sad!

Anonymous said...

Knowing Linda, I can visualize her smirk all the way to the bank. A sad, sad person. You take the money from retirees!Hope the bingo people read this!

Anonymous said...

Folks, we all need to call 10 friends and request them to vote; otherwise Moore WILL be re-elected. Reason:

Four people are running for Supervisor; thereby the competitive vote will be split 4 ways. The unfortunate fact behind this is usually the incombent will win.

Other solution is to convince the 3 opponents to partner with 1 of the 3 thereby leaving only 1 to compete against Moore; which should guarantee Moore being blasted out by a majority. Pam, Marty, Jim - please consider this for the overall good of the taxpayers, including yourself.

P.S. I just received a copy of Moore's multiple page campaign letter to the Sun City residents. Many lies contained in the letter. surprised? It also contains absentee voting forms that she requested the snow-birds to fill out. Pam, Marty & Jim - your highest % of campaign needs to be invested in Sun City THis is how Moore won before; by distributing high glossy campaign materials containing lies; fooling the SunCity residences to vote her to victory by 43 votes. Moore is in process of doing the same again!

Moore's apparent campaign manager, Ersel Schuster, County Board member who left her township supervisor position on questionable grounds was taking notes in last evening's meeting.

Anonymous said...

Here is another example of Linda Moore's historical disregard for Grafton's seniors and food pantry.

http://www.firstelectricnewspaper.com/2010/12/moore-merry-christmas-surprise-senior.html

Anonymous said...

According to Linda moore's last campaign disclosure she is paying Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove for "campaign planning" and Hammerand for "services." Can't wait to see her next filing.

http://www.elections.il.gov/campaigndisclosure/D2Quarterly.aspx?id=481258

Anonymous said...

My, my, Moore has really gotten herself into a pickle now! All that Sun City campaigning, pretending to be a friend to seniors.....POOF!! And now she's going to fleece township coffers further to "consult her attorney". Because of her, there is no TOWNSHIP ATTORNEY, and instead more taxpayer dollars are funneled into her personal attorney's pocket. A P.R. nightmare for her and her campaign braintrust with the spring election looming. I hope this opens Sun City's eyes in a big way.

Anonymous said...

That happy family picture included with the Linda Moore re-election packet is a joke. According to public records she has issues in court with her family and the in-laws, let alone all the Grafton lawsuits. Now this, shame,shame Ms Moore. Seniors beware!

Anonymous said...

Surprised a bankrupt Schuster wasn't at the gambling boat. The people in local politics never cease to amaze me!

Taking money under false pretense and refusing to return it should land her in jail!

Anonymous said...

Indeed, Ersel Schuster is assisting Moore with her campaign! This Mchenry County Board person, was not that long ago, a Township Supervisor who resigned early within questionable paths. Schuster was seen with Moore before and after the Grafton meeting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. LaBonte for having thr courage to come forward. There have been rumors circulating for more than 18 months regarding Linda Moore taking money under false pretenses, originally destined for the Grafton Food pantry on Allison Court. Now all can know the truth, the truth about the shame of her actions. Mrs. Moore, it is time to resign. You should be so ashamed.

Anonymous said...

It is too confusing to have two food pantries with essentially the same name. Every time I comment commending Supervisor Moore about the efforts of the food pantry, I get lambasted by fellow commentators that she has nothing to do with it. What????

Anonymous said...

Linda, quit trying to cover up and make excuses for your crime.

Calls should be made the Lou Bianchi, the States Attorney, and Illinois' Attorney General.

Let's not forget she is also refusing to pay the open balance on the Forensicon Bill which is preventing their report detailing how she and her GA tech assistance deleted the Government Financials which she later admitted to in court, after the $20,000 expense was incurred based upon her lies.

and

Let's not forget how her Audit Firm resigned before presenting the Final Audit Report and how she told the partner of this audit firm to stop communicating with ALL trustees; refusing to answer their questions.

and

Let's not forget how she is refusing to pay for the Forensic Audit to begin, that was approved by the Board.

The Coverups have begun to surface....
The Perfect Storm is about to hit...
Justice will soon deliver!

Anonymous said...

Good news, after checking, it is legal to refund. The details are to be worked out.
Supervisor Moore

Anonymous said...

WOW! what a surprise "it is legal to refund." It was ethical and legal to refund when asked to do so back in October. You would never have refunded the money had it not been for Mr. LaBonte bringing it to the attention of the board. You should have done the right thing when he asked you the first time! I truly believe that the only reason you will do it now is to try and redeem yourself for the vote in February!

Anonymous said...

Linda -

Daah, "it's legal to refund". Of course it is! But daah, daah, it was ILLEGAL to NOT REFUND SUN CITY AS ORIGINALLY REQUESTED!

Your guilt that was exposed to the public will CHAIN your campaign efforts to the sewer. And yes, you can still be legally charged for this!

Sleep much?

Anonymous said...

The Sun City Group asked for you to return their donation on November 5th, 2012. Today is January 12, 2013. That's 69 days. Linda Moore, why did it take so long for you to decide refunding the groups money was the appropriate thing to do?

Anonymous said...

Moore's quote: "I have to be careful with General Assistance Funds." Obviously not so careful when she purchased yard signs for the annual meeting that has absolutely nothing to do with "general assistance." That was over $400 of G/A money not spent on G/A. Doesn't sound "careful" to me but VERY "wreckless!" Any excuse is a good excuse when you need an excuse! And boy does Moore have a bag of them!

Anonymous said...

Sun City's LaBonte brought this up during the 1-10-13 Grafton meeting. Pete at FEN reported this on 1-11-13. Ta Da! On 1-12-13 Linda Moore says she will return the groups money at some point in the future. LaBonte, don't hold your breath waiting for a check from Linda. She's not good at writing checks.

Thank you Pete are FEB for covering this story. Without your coverage, I have a feeling a refund would not be forthcoming.

Anonymous said...

Too late Linda, you are not the hero refunding the money, you are the one who took the money. Thank goodness the man from Sun City let the public know. How many MOORE things do you keep secret?

Anonymous said...

REALLY?!?!? She had no problem worrying about her campaign and advertisements for the 69 days that passed since the refund was first requested, but returning money even required an attorney's opinion. Yet in the end, all it really took (and at zero cost to taxpayers, unlike the supposed legal opinion) was egg on the face to get the ball really rolling. One public comment, tons of bad, BAD publicity within her core demographic and magically enough - it's possible to do.

Given Moore's bizarre track record for motivation when it involves herself, I'll wager the check won't get signed by her until the eve of the election. All that hard work by the seniors, thrown into Moore's political outhouse. Talk about a stink.

Anonymous said...

She states that she has to talk to her attorney first before refunding any money. What attorney the township does not have an attorney! If she is using her personal attorney that is wrong also. They cannot give her advise on day to day operations of the township. Again she is spinning her words and twisitng the real facts. Don't give an honest answer to anything jsut give her one work bull____. DO US ALL A FAVOR MOORE AND GO AWAY!!!! WE HAVE YOUR NUMBER!

Anonymous said...

Moore says "the details (for the refund) will be worked out!"

What "details" need to be worked out?

Write the man a check and hand it back to him. Bam, done in less than two minutes.

Anonymous said...

Reminder - Linda does not know how to use a calculator! Guess that's the reason there's errors in the financial statements each month. Nor does she understand basic bookkeeping even though getting assistance from ketchmark accounting firm. in the meeting, the trustees pointed out a nearly $3000 accounting entry error, which resulted in expense overstatements.

This Linda Moore would have been FIRED a long time ago if she worked for any size company. Guess that's why her and her husband's landscaping business in no longer in operation!

tsk, tsk, tsk....

Anonymous said...

Change things in Grafton and get it back on the right path, JUST SAY NO TO MOORE!

First Electric Newspaper LLC said...

I have removed a comment that referred to a rumor. If you know an actual fact, call FEN, so I can verify it. If you just heard something somewhere from someone, it doesn't belong here.

I removed another comment that referred to Moore Turf Care's hydraulic fluid spill at Conley Elementary five years ago. It was badly reported at the time and not really very relevant to food pantries, anyway.--ed.