Elmhurst Attorney Accused of Stealing More Than $100,000
Earl Wilcek is free on $50,000 bail.
Over nearly 2 1/2 years, Elmhurst attorney Earl Wilcek took thousands of dollars from a client, according to DuPage County prosecutors.
Now, 58-year-old Wilcek is charged with felony theft of greater than $100,000. He is free on $50,000 bail after surrendering to police earlier this week.
Prosecutors allege Wilcek took the money between January 2008 and June 2010 from accounts belonging to an estate overseen by an Elmhurst man. A spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office did not specify the amount of money involved or what spurred an investigation.
Elmhurst police were not involved in the investigation. A call to Wilcek's law office was not immediately returned on Thursday.
Wilcek was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981 and has not been the subject of any disciplinary action, according to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Wilcek practices a wide variety of civil and criminal law, including wills and trusts.
In 2009, a client sued Wilcek for $1,950 accusing him of "not fulfilling services paid for." The case was dismissed about two months after it was filed, court records show.
No date was available for Wilcek's next court appearance.
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