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Elmhurst Attorney Earl Wilcek Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Client

Wilcek could serve up to 15 years in prison.

Former Elmhurst attorney Earl Wilcek, 59, pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he stole more than $100,000 from a client, The Chicago Tribune is reporting.

DuPage County prosecutors charged Wilcek with felony theft of greater than $100,000 in September 2011. They said for a period of two and a half years, from January 2008 to June 2010, Wilcek wrote checks to himself from accounts belonging to an estate overseen by an Elmhurst man.

Wilcek, who practiced a wide variety of civil and criminal law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981. He was "disbarred on consent" one year ago, according to the Illinois Bar Association.

Wilcek faces four to 15 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing April 5, according to the Tribune.

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Wade Gustafson February 10, 2013 at 09:24 AM
needless to say, he was a great lawyer. and if trouble ever arose, i would not hesitate to get in contact with Mr. Wilcek to represent myself
Dorian Gray March 06, 2013 at 05:23 PM
What a shame. Who could have predicted that such a great guy would get into this kind of trouble? Now it looks like he's going to prison. Google "Bankruptcy No. 99 B 17717" to read about the beginning of Earl's downward spiral. He should have known better.

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