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Several Lake County residents come forward alleging they were victims of home repair fraud by Lake Zurich contractor

Several victims have come forward alleging a Lake Zurich contractor, who has now been arrested, scammed them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by never completing their home projects. A 36-year-old Long Grove man contacted the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in June. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said the resident reported […]

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Former president of Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club arrested for allegedly stealing over $160,000 from organization

Police have arrested the former president of the Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club after he allegedly stole over $160,000 from the organization for his personal use. Executive board members of the Lake Zurich Lacrosse Club NFP made a report on January 28 with the Lake Zurich Police Department. They reported that a past president of their […]

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Employee of landscaping company in Volo wanted for stealing nearly $75K from business over span of years

An employee of a landscaping company in Volo has been charged with stealing nearly $75,000 from the business through a fraudulent return scheme, police said. Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a representative of a business in Volo came forward to report an employee theft in February 2021. The representative said they […]

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3 men now charged in McHenry County cannabis trafficking organization that police have seized over $1 million in assets from

Three men are now charged in connection with a cannabis trafficking organization in McHenry County where authorities have seized “well over” $1 million in assets during their investigation. Matthew D. Lilla, 36, of the 4300 block of North Sawyer Avenue in Chicago, was charged with cannabis trafficking, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, […]

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$2 million bond for man who allegedly trafficked large amounts of cannabis to McHenry County, had $800K in cash

A man is being held on a $2 million bond after prosecutors say he trafficked hundreds of pounds of cannabis into McHenry County and laundered money. Police found him with $800,000 in cash. Matthew D. Lilla, 36, of the 4300 block of North Sawyer Avenue in Chicago, was charged with cannabis trafficking, unlawful possession of […]

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$500K bond for Crystal Lake man caught with drugs during money laundering, drug trafficking investigation

A Crystal Lake man is being held on a $500,000 bond after police found him with drugs during a money laundering and drug trafficking investigation, court records show. Michael W. Krawczyk, 32, of the 4700 block of East Upton Drive in Crystal Lake, was charged with unlawful possession of LSD with intent to deliver, unlawful […]

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Periodic imprisonment sentence for former employee who stole nearly $300K from her employer near Barrington

A woman has been sentenced to 18 months of periodic imprisonment after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $300,000 from a company she worked for near Barrington. Bette A. Nicotra-Lemke, 58, of Carol Stream, was charged in August 2020 with two counts of theft between $100,000 and $500,000 and one count of money laundering between $100,000 […]

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Owners of Lake County, Chicagoland massage parlors charged with money laundering, promoting prostitution

The owners of numerous Chicagoland massage parlors, including ones in Lake County, have been arrested and charged with money laundering and promoting prostitution following an undercover investigation. Yang Yuan, 37, of Aurora; Jianwei Zou, 62, of Naperville; and Guilan Sun, 64, of Aurora, have each been charged with six counts of money laundering and three […]

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Office manager charged with stealing over $25,000 from business near Lake Villa

An office manager at a business near Lake Villa has been charged with money laundering and continuing a financial crime enterprise after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the business, police said. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after taking a financial crime report last year, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy […]