Boston Blackie's Employee Bonds Out of Jail

Sunday, Mar 14, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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Andy Bakopoulos is accused in a $1.9 million check-kiting scheme, along with his bosses at Boston Blackie's.

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Chris Giannis Bonds Out

Chris Giannis walked out the Cook County Jail saying he didn't know what he was charged with and why everyone was talking about politics and Alexi Giannoulias.
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A Chicago restaurant employee charged along with his bosses of defrauding two banks has bonded out of jail.

Cook County officials say $25,000 was posted and accepted for Andy Bakopoulos on Saturday.

He'd been held at the Cook County Jail on $250,000 bond and had to post 10 percent to be released.

Bakopoulos is charged with felony theft along with Nick Giannis, owner of the Boston Blackie's restaurant chain, and Giannis' son, Chris.  Prosecutors accused the trio in a $1.9 million check-kiting scheme.

Prosecutors allege the Giannises deposited checks from different banks into accounts at two banks. They then allegedly cashed the checks before it could be discovered the accounts had insufficient funds.

Chris Giannis bonded out of jail on Friday.  As he left, Giannis jokingly complained about the jail food.

"I still don't know what I'm charged with.  I haven't seen the news," Giannis said.  Then he smiled, adding,  "I am going to go eat a cheeseburger at Boston Blackie's, because the food here is not nearly as good as everybody said it was."

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