A former Warrenville alderman today pleaded guilty to theft charges for allegedly bilking two men who were trying to organize charity poker events.
Christopher Halley, 28, could face up to 10 years in prison following his guilty plea on two counts of theft, DuPage County Assistant State's Attorney William Wu said. He will be sentenced April 3.
Halley was arrested in November after he allegedly accepted $6,000 with the promise of using the money to arrange for poker tables, chairs and other items for a series of charity poker tournaments in Naperville.
However, he failed to hold up his end of the bargain, and then tried to repay the tournament organizers by writing a $5,500 check that bounced, police said.
In the second count of theft, Halley pleaded guilty to stealing the watch of a West Chicago man, Wu said.
Halley was elected to office in 2007, but resigned in 2010 when he was convicted of felony theft and deceptive practices.
In one of the cases, an acquaintance gave Halley $500 in cash after Halley promised he could arrange a meeting with formerPresidentGeorge W. Bush, a promise that wasn't kept, authorities said.
Halley also was accused of promising another person he would provide Blackhawks playoff tickets for $650, according to prosecutors.
Sentenced to 94 days in county jail, Halley was released for good behavior after having served 47 days, authorities said.
While still serving as an alderman, Halley was censured by the Warrenville City Council after he was accused of using his influence to seek lenient outcomes with local police.