PPP Probe Widens: Manslaughter Defendant Faces 8 Felonies

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JOLIET, IL — Adrian Bailey, a 21-year-old Joliet man who faces multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in the Sept. 8, 2021 Romeoville shooting that killed 24-year-old Dennis Lee, now faces eight new felony charges in Will County. Bailey’s latest charges stem from a Joliet police investigation into allegations of Paycheck Protection Program fraud.

Bailey lives in the 300 block of Joliet’s Union Avenue, and his family’s house has been the subject of several recent Joliet Patch crime stories, including a large Joliet police raid that happened in 2021 where nine guns were seized, according to police.

According to the most recent criminal complaint for Bailey, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office of Jim Glasgow has charged the Joliet east side resident with:

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  • 3 counts of theft
  • 2 counts of loan fraud
  • 2 counts of wire fraud
  • 1 count of state benefits fraud

Prosecutors say Bailey tried to deprive the Small Business Administration by obtaining a Paycheck Protection Program loan as part of the CARES ACT in the amount of $20,605, back on March 18, 2021. The complaint states that Bailey “represented that the loan proceeds would be used only for business related purposes for the defendant’s sole proprietorship … which was the defendant knew was false, as no such sole proprietorship existed … and such acts were done in furtherance of a single intention and design by a series of acts and that the property was obtained from the same victim.”

One of the theft charges states that Bailey got unemployment benefits in the amount of $39,820 “during which time he had applied for and received the proceeds of a Paycheck Protection Program loan in the amount of $20,605 as part of the CARES ACT.”

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Bailey was in the Will County Jail for 11 consecutive months, in connection with his Romeoville manslaughter charges, until being released from detention Aug. 10, jail logs show.

As of Labor Day, Joliet police were still trying to locate him in connection with his PPP loan fraud case, jail records note.

Last September, Romeoville’s Patch reported that Romeoville police were called to Taylor Road west of Weber Road at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a person who was shot.

Officers were then told the car had driven to the 1700 block of Autumn Woods Lane in Romeoville. They found a man, identified as Lee with a gunshot wound in the front passenger area of the vehicle, police said.

Officers began life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. Lee was taken to Adventist Hospital in Bolingbrook, where he was pronounced dead.

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