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Chicago man arrested on financial crime charges

Suspect arrested by Joliet police, taken to Will County jail on $250,000 bond

Christopher Berry
Christopher Berry

A Chicago man was arrested by Joliet police and taken to jail on charges of continuing a financial criminal enterprise, forgery, theft and identity theft.

About 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Christopher V. Berry, 26, of the 3000 block of West Gunnison Street in Chicago was taken to the Will County jail after his arrest. He is being held on a $250,000 bond, of which he’ll need 10 percent to post bail.

Berry allegedly committed each of his offenses on Sept. 26, according to the county jail log. He is charged with
continuing a financial criminal enterprise, four counts of forgery, theft and identity theft.

The charge of continuing a financial criminal enterprise is a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Each count of forgery is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The identity theft charge is a Class 4 felony punishable up to 3 years in prison.

A warrant was issued for Berry’s arrest Dec. 4 and he was arrested two days later.

Berry appeared for a hearing on his bond Thursday at the Will County Courthouse. He submitted an affidavit of assets and a Will County assistant public defender was appointed to represent him.

His bond was set at $250,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 20 for a preliminary hearing.

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