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Dolton man charged in connection to checks stolen from Obama HQ

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

FOX Chicago News was on the scene Wednesday as police responded to a 911 call from Obama campaign staffers, reporting the theft of three checks totaling $50,000. A Dolton man has been charged in connection to the incident.

Willard Elam, of the 1500 block of S. Drexel Ave, faces one count of continuing a financial crimes enterprise. The 48-year-old deposited one of the checks at a TCF account in South Holland on Sept. 13.

FOX Chicago broke the story Wednesday, when the checks were reported stolen. The checks were made out to vendors – not campaign contributions - who had supplied services to Obama for America, but were apparently stolen as they were being mailed out of the office in the Prudential Plaza complex.

SEE: Over $50K in checks stolen from Obama campaign office in Chicago

According to police, Elam used his own information to set up fake accounts, and deposited the $23,839.80 check - with the legitimate vendor's name on it - into the phony account.

Chicago police have apprehended one other man in connection to the theft, and are searching for a third participant.

That person also used his information to open a false account at a TCF Bank branch in Dolton on Sept. 12, according to police. He deposited another check stolen from Obama's campaign offices. The amount of that check is unknown.

The caper in the president's hometown comes as he prepares to fly to Milwaukee tomorrow for a major campaign appearance.

A spokesman for the campaign had no comment on the arrests. But a source said none of the three suspects had any connection to the president's re-election efforts.

Elam will appear in bond court on Saturday. Chicago police are continuing the investigation.

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