District 186 School Board member has first court appearance
District 186 School Board Vice President and businessman Adam Lopez was in court Thursday for a hearing on the five-count indictment filed against him.
This all follows multiple lawsuits filed against Lopez. The first from a man alleging Lopez took $69,000 from him.
Another from Lopez's own aunt and uncle, who allege he stole over $500,000 from them.
There are two counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of the elderly, but they are all a little bit different.
Count one is a theft count, Class X because the total amount of money is more than $1,000,000.
That's the amount the indictment alleges Lopez stole for that count.
Class X, apart from murder, is the most serious felony offense on the books in Illinois.
Count two is a theft count, class one because the total amount of money is more than $500,000.
This count usually carries up to 15 years in prison but is higher in this case because it involves a victim over the age of 60.
Counts three, four and five are all counts related to exploitation of the elderly.
If totaled together, each count could land Lopez behind bars for 105 years but these are concurrent counts. This means they would all be served at the same time, meaning Lopez could only get a maximum of 30 years in prison.
That's only if he's convicted.
We reached out to Jeff Vose, Sangamon and Menard Regional Superintendent about Lopez's standing on the District 186 School Board.
Vose said a Regional School Superintendent can remove a school board member for failing to do their job.
That includes not showing up for meetings for a three to four-month time period.
However, if Lopez is to be convicted and is proven guilty, he would automatically be removed from the school board.
Lopez also faces several lawsuits, including two separate ones alleging he mishandled more than $800,000 of retirement money.
He's also accused of not paying more than $26,000 in rent for a building in Chatham.