Chicago Man Arraigned on Theft Charges for City of Chicago Ticketing Scam
May 5, 2016
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with the City of Chicago’s Office of
the Inspector General (OIG) to announce theft charges against Christopher C. Williams of
Chicago for allegedly stealing money from victims and the City of Chicago under the guise that
he was paying off the victims’ City of Chicago tickets and fines.
Williams, 28, was arraigned today for Class 1 felony of theft of government property between
$10,000 and $100,000; theft of property between $10,000 and $100,000, a Class 2 felony; theft
by deception between $500 and $10,000, a Class 3 felony; theft by unauthorized use between
$500 and $100,000, a Class 3 felony; and four counts of wire fraud, also a Class 3 felony. The
charges could amount to $25,000 in fines or up to 15 years in prison.
While working as a contract security guard at various Chicago Department of Revenue offices
from September 2013 through October 2013, Madigan alleged Williams engaged in different
schemes designed to deceive people into thinking he was paying their City of Chicago tickets
and fines for either a lower amount or in an expedited way, when, in fact, he was stealing the
money for profit.
“The defendant abused his position to scam people out of their hard-earned money for his own
benefit,” Madigan said.
As part of his schemes, Williams would either advertise his services as a “ticket fixer” on social
media or he would approach individuals waiting in line at a Chicago Department of Revenue
payment center. He allegedly offered to pay their tickets and fines at the kiosk, which he was not
allowed to do. Williams would “pay” the ticket or fine at a kiosk in the Department of Revenue
lobby using a check that drew funds from a Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
(DFSS) account. The machine would print a receipt saying the tickets and fines were paid, and
Williams would provide individuals with a receipt while keeping the cash. Williams’ schemes
drained the DFSS account of more than $40,000.
“The concerns raised by the allegations in this case are amplified by the damage to the public
trust that occurs when injury arises from interactions with an employee of a City contractor
working at City facilities,” said Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. “DFSS’s quick identification
and reporting of this issue is to be commended.”
Bond was set at $40,000. Williams’ next court appearance is July 20 before Judge Erica Reddick.
The public is reminded that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of
The investigation was conducted by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General and the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General. Bureau Chief
Edward Carter and Assistant Attorney General Al Berry are handling prosecution of the case for
Madigan’s Special Prosecutions Bureau.