Chicago Heights Man Sentenced in Scheme to Steal from Obama Campaign

Anthony Elam and his brother Willard have been sentenced to four years in prison.

Two men were sentenced to four years in prison after they pleaded guilty to taking part in stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago, Sun-Times Media reports.

Anthony Elam, 52, of Chicago Heights and his brother, Willard Elam, 48, of Dolton, both pleaded guilty to forgery before Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks.

Jessie Adams, 36, of Joliet, recruited the brothers to open up fraudulent checking accounts at two different Chicago area bank branches, authorities told Sun-Times Media. The men used checks written by “Obama for America," to open the accounts. 

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Annonymous February 02, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I find a certain amount of irony in the idea of sending people to jail for stealing from politicians who have been stealing from the taxpayers for years and years. Not referring to the Obama campaign in particular but I am sure there is a way to phrase this story. . . . Something about these guys taking seriously all those Obama campaign slogans about how the economic situation is improving, and figuring that at least their economic situation could improve. Seems to me that if anybody was defrauded here it was the vendors who's checks got stolen-- yet they don't seem to have figured into this trial at all. I guess the prosecutor figured it made a better case if it was the Obama campaign that was portrayed as the looser. Maybe the take is "this guy cannot even keep his check's safe-- but we trust him with national security? ? ?"
Martina Pohl-Martin February 02, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Anonymous...I should have gotten up earlier. You took the words out of my mouth. Elam....Muslim? Still laughing!


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