Man Charged With Redistributing Wealth From Obama HQ

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 at 10:19 am

C’mon, isn’t this guy entitled to his fair share?

A south suburban man has been charged in connection with the theft of two checks totaling more than $50,000 from President Barack Obama’s national campaign headquarters in Chicago, authorities say.

Willard Elam, 48, of the 15500 block of South Drexel Avenue in Dolton, is charged with one count of continuing a financial crimes enterprise, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Police said one other man was in custody and they were seeking a third person, but state’s attorney spokesman Andy Conklin would only say the investigation was continuing.

The checks were stolen from where the campaign headquarters is located in the Prudential Plaza building at 130 E. Randolph St., apparently last week, according to police. The checks were made out to legitimate businesses, but the suspects deposited them in phony accounts they had set up under the names of those companies, authorities said.

3 Responses to “Man Charged With Redistributing Wealth From Obama HQ”

  1. Chipperoo on 22/22/12 at 2:46 pm

    What’s not reported is what’s most important. Were any of these three employed by or volunteers at OfA? The only thing an unnamed campaign source says “they were not taken from our offices, they were taken from the building where our offices are located.” I suspect at least one of these guys was an insider, but OfA will not admit it because it wants no news which reflects badly on itself in the media.

    The second most important thing is how these guys set up fake accounts at TCF Bank. This sounds like an Outfit operation, to me. Are any of these guys affiliated with the Outfit? Is TCF controlled by the Outfit?

  2. M on 23/23/12 at 10:15 am

    Hey, I think this guy just stole $17,000 from my account the 17th of this month. Oh no, wait, it was fearless leader.