A Vernon Hills, Ill. bankruptcy attorney has been arrested and charged with fraud for using his clients’ personal information to make purchases, then getting the debts discharged in court.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bradley F. Aubel, was arrested last week over a scheme to use client credit lines for personal gain. The Journal reports that a former employee who worked for Aubel is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigations after being charged himself with identity theft charges. From the Journal:
“Aubel suggested that [the employee] plead guilty to the identity theft charge and serve a sentence, during which time Aubel would continue to pay both [the employee’s] salary and mortgage so that the [employee] would not tell law enforcement that Aubel was involved in the use of his clients’ credit cards,” an investigator said in an affidavit.”
The FBI also accused Aubel of using client tax return information to make tax returns for himself. Aubel also allegedly used client information to purchase a 2011 Honda Fit and apply for forbearance on his student loans, according to the Journal. The paper reports that the charges against Aubel carry a “maximum penalty of 20 years, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution.”
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