Treasurer’s Vault Theft An Inside Job

(Springfield, IL)  —  A former employee of the Illinois Treasurer’s office is accused of claiming items from the unclaimed property vault for himself.  Joseph Smith and his friend Ademola Adeniji are accused of stealing jewelry and gold from the vault over a four year period.  Prosecutors say the treasurer’s office uncovered the thefts when they upgraded their security measures and noticed the items were missing.  Smith, a 12-year employee, is being held on five-hundred-thousand-dollars bail.  Adeniji is free on bond.

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