Two Men Accused of Stealing from President Obama
Three men in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago are being accused of depositing two checks that were stolen from the president’s campaign headquarters. Jessie Adams has been arrested for telling Willard Elam and another man to open up bank accounts so that the checks could be deposited. To make the deposits, the men pretended to be owners of businesses that worked with the president’s campaign.
The two men allegedly made deposits of 24,857 and $23,839, according to the Chicago Tribune. A comptroller from Obama’s campaign noticed the scheme when a contractor complained about not being paid. The men created the accounts in the names of legitimate businesses and put the money in those accounts. Police are not sure how the men got access to the checks in the first place.
Ben Finkenbinder, the Midwest press secretary for the Obama campaign, issued this statement: “Three checks we sent to vendors made it into the wrong hands, and after learning of this we notified the police. We’re pleased that they’re dealing with the issue swiftly, and don’t expect this to have any impact upon the campaign.”