Joliet man sentenced to four years for stealing $50,000 from Obama campaign
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter email@example.com June 26, 2013 2:20PM
Updated: June 26, 2013 3:57PM
A Joliet man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in his role of stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters.
Jessie Adams recruited two brothers to open up fraudulent checking accounts at two different Chicago area TCF bank branches.
The men opened the accounts using checks written by “Obama for America,” according to a Chicago Police report.
It was unclear how the men got the checks but at the time of the men’s arrest last year, Obama’s campaign said in a statement that three checks were sent to vendors and “made it into the wrong hands.”
Adams, 37, pleaded guilty to forgery before Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks Wednesday.
The other men — Willard Elam, of Dolton, and Anthony Elam, of Chicago Heights — are currently serving four-year prison sentences.