A federal grand jury indicted two Chicago-area community thrifts this month, charging that they stole customers' money to make political donations and other payments.

South Chicago Bank, Chicago, and Advance Bank, Lansing, Ill., were both named as defendants in a case pending in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The 14 criminal counts include multiple charges of mail fraud and making false statements to bank regulators, said U.S. Attorney Scott R. Lassar.

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