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updated: 1/31/2013 9:56 PM

2 sent to prison for stealing checks from Obama campaign

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Associated Press

Two brothers from the South suburbs will serve prison time for stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the brothers were sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. They are 48-year-old Willard Elam of Dolton and 52-year-old Anthony Elam of Chicago Heights. Both pleaded guilty to forgery charges in Cook County.

Authorities say the brothers opened fraudulent checking accounts using checks written by "Obama for America."

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