2nd man charged in theft of Obama campaign checks

2nd man charged in theft of Obama campaign checks

Credit: CBS/Chicago Police

Jessie Adams (left) and Willard Elam are charged with a scheme in which they allegedly stole checks from President Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters. (Credit: CBS News/Chicago Police)

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Posted on September 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- A second suburban Chicago man has been charged in the theft of two checks totaling more than $50,000 from President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.

A judge on Saturday set bail at $100,000 for Jessie Adams of Joliet.

Authorities say the checks were made out to legitimate businesses. Adams is accused of instructing the other suspect and a third still at large to open bank accounts under the names of the businesses so they could deposit the checks. He is charged with organizing a financial criminal enterprise.

Cook County prosecutors announced Friday that Willard Elam of Dolton had been charged with continuing a financial crimes enterprise. His bail was set at $75,000.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/RJ7PIR) the scheme was uncovered when the companies complained they had not been paid.

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