Will County arrests 3 people charged with financial crimes – Chicago Tribune
Three people have been arrested by the Will County Sheriff’s Office and charged with financial crimes that authorities say defrauded financial institutions of more than $2.5 million.
Wednesday’s arrests of Mays Abuhattab, 36, and Eddie Wood, 39, both of New Lenox, and Jennifer K. Thompson, 48, of Island Lake, came after an 18-month investigation. All three men were being held pending a first court appearance, Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley said in a news release.
Along with the arrests, five vehicles were seized, according to the sheriff.
Abuhattab is charged with money laundering for allegedly conducting a series of financial transactions knowing the transactions were proceeds of crime, according to the sheriff.
She is also charged with structuring for attempting to prevent JP Morgan Chase from making a record as required by the Currency Reporting Act, according to the statement. She made separate deposits last September into her Chase account and then wired $77,000 to the Bank of Palestine, according to the sheriff.
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According to the sheriff, Wood faces multiple charges, including financial institution fraud involving Old Plank Trail Bank.
It is alleged that Wood initiated three wire transfers totaling $95,000 knowing there were insufficient funds to cover the transfers, according to the sheriff. He is also charged with fraud at a financial institution for allegedly initiating three wire transfers totaling $380,000 through the bank, knowing there were insufficient funds to cover the transfers, according to the statement.
Wood is also accused of defrauding the bank when he bought a cashier’s check for $33,000 to buy a 2021 GMC Yukon, knowing there weren’t enough funds to cover the check, and he is alleged that he also defrauded the bank when he purchased another cashier’s check, for $100,000. , knowing that there were not enough funds to cover the check, according to the sheriff.
Thompson allegedly committed three separate financial institution fraud offenses involving Chase Bank by writing three separate checks totaling $248,000 and that she knew there were insufficient funds to cover one of the checks issued, according to the sheriff.
In arrest warrants issued Monday, Will County Circuit Judge Art Smigielski issued bond set for Wood and Abuhattab at $1.5 million, with 10% required for release. The warrant for Thompson was for $500,000 bond, 10% to be applied.
Kelley said Will County investigators clocked up hundreds of hours of investigation and his office was assisted by the US Secret Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue.