Joliet man gets four years in prison for stealing from Obama
June 27, 2013 8:04PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 7:53AM
A Joliet man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters.
Jessie Adams, 37, pleaded guilty to forgery, admitting that he recruited two brothers to open up multiple fraudulent checking accounts at two Chicago-area TCF Bank branches, Cook County prosecutors said.
The men opened the accounts using checks written by “Obama for America,” according to Chicago police.
It was unclear exactly how the men had obtained the checks, but at the time of their arrest last year, Obama’s campaign said in a statement that three checks were sent to vendors and “made it into the wrong hands.”
The other two men — Willard Elam, of Dolton, and Anthony Elam, of Chicago Heights — are serving four-year prison sentences.
Sun-Times Media Wire