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Crystal Lake man facing federal charges for allegedly stealing millions, falsely filing bankruptcy

Federal prosecutors say a Crystal Lake man stole millions of dollars from investors and spent it on personal expenses before falsely declaring bankruptcy. Alan John Hanke, 50, of Crystal Lake, was charged with securities fraud conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and filing a false bankruptcy declaration. Hanke was arraigned […]

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Deerfield man among 3 charged by feds for allegedly swindling children’s charity, others out of almost $4 million

A Deerfield man is among three suspects facing federal charges after prosecutors say they swindled investors, including a children’s charity, out of almost $4 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said Lee S. Rose, 82, of Deerfield; Edward L. Wooten, 51, of Macon, Georgia; and John L. Krcil, 55, of […]

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Owner of Island Lake trucking firm charged with wiring up test takers to help them cheat on CDL exams

The owner of an Island Lake trucking firm has been charged by federal authorities who allege he wired up applicants to help them cheat on Illinois commercial driver’s license exams. Mykola Datkun, 33, of Port Barrington, was charged earlier this month in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Datkun faces […]

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Man charged in scheme that resulted in Village of Libertyville contracts being steered to his HVAC employer

An employee of a heating and air conditioning company is facing charges after prosecutors say he submitted fake high-bid proposals to the Village of Libertyville so his employer could win contracts. Kenneth T. Niewerth, 58, of Salem, Wisconsin, was charged with three counts of bid-rigging, forgery, wire fraud and computer fraud. Lake County State’s Attorney’s […]

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All 3 suspects now in custody after being charged with stealing, cashing checks belonging to elderly man near Antioch

All three suspects who were charged months ago with stealing checks belonging to an elderly man near Antioch and then altering and cashing them are now in custody. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded on April 2, 2022, to a residence in the 38200 block of North Bolton Place in unincorporated Antioch for a report […]

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8 years in prison for ‘con artist’ from Lake Forest who prosecutors say stole over $500K from victims in Lake County

A judge has sentenced a Lake Forest man to eight years in prison after prosecutors called him a “con artist” who defrauded multiple victims out of more than $500,000. Ricky A. Dugo, 55, of Lake Forest, was charged in March 2021 with four counts of felony theft and two counts of felony conspiracy to commit […]