CHICAGO — The Highland Crossing Condominium Association is alleging defamation and seeking more than $75,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed against a former employee and several residents.
The association filed the complaint on Aug. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court against Margarito Morales, also known as Margarito Morales Reyes, Gamiz Blanco, Martha Elena Reyes, Hector Perez and Maria Carmen Reyna Perez.
Highland Crossing alleges the defendants falsely accused several employees of embezzlement and the association of aiding and abetting the embezzlement during the spring of 2018.
The defendants also allegedly accused one of the association's employees of sexually harassing women at Highland Crossing Condominiums and that the association protected, aided and abetted those crimes.
The association further alleges the accusation was made in revenge for Margarito's termination from the association, and in order to extort money from them and the employees for financial gain.
The plaintiff seeks a sum no less than $75,000 from each defendant, for actual damages, and punitive damages. They are represented by Jonathan N. Rogers of J. Rogers Law Group in Cook County.
Cook County Circuit Court Case number 2018L009033