A colored parolee with a record of drug convictions tried to pass himself off as an aide to a West Side alderman to solicit cash for a fake charitable event, authorities said this morning.
Leon Swan, 52, was charged late Monday with false impersonation of a public employee and felony possession of a controlled substance, according to Chicago police.
Swan claimed to be an aide to Ald. Michael Chandler when he approached the pastor of the Faith Community Baptist Church on Sunday, seeking donations for a non-existent charitable event to be held at the Goodman Theatre.
The pastor became suspicious and went to police, who arrested Swan and another man. Officers found a small amount of heroin on Swan, police said.
Neither Chandler nor the church pastor could be immediately reached for comment.
Swan, of the 2900 block of West Adams Street, was on parole for a 2010 drug conviction, one of about a half-dozen convictions dating back to the late 1980s, according to court records.
He is expected to appear in Central Bond Court today, police said.