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Man charged with trying to deposit fake check for $3.5 million

John C. Campbell

John C. Campbell

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Updated: January 3, 2012 10:36AM

A fugitive from Florida who tried to open a multimillion-dollar bank account in Lisle has been arrested on numerous charges, including impersonation of a U.S. Marshal.

John C. Campbell, 29, remained Thursday in the DuPage County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, charged with impersonating a peace officer, forgery, deceptive practice/bank fraud, unlawful use of a weapon, obstructing identification and being a fugitive from justice, authorities said.

Lisle police arrested Campbell Monday, shortly after he tried to open an account and deposit a check for $3.5 million at a U.S. Bank branch at 1026 Ogden Ave. Both the check and the identity Campbell provided in trying to open the account were phony, police said.

Police Cmdr. Randall Johnson said investigators learned Campbell was wanted on a warrant for larceny in Hernando County, Fla. While in custody, Campbell told police he was a federal marshal and worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Johnson said, neither of which was true.

Police then searched the room where Campbell was staying at a Downers Grove hotel and found a counterfeit U.S. Marshal’s badge, two starter pistols “and a variety of other law enforcement equipment props,” Johnson said.

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