CHICAGO – A northern Illinois bankruptcy attorney is accused of using his clients' credit cards and then wiping the debt clean in their bankruptcy proceedings.
Bradley Aubel of Vernon Hills also is accused of bribing an employee who was a witness to the alleged scheme.
Federal prosecutors say authorities unraveled the plot by following a trail of text messages between Aubel and the employee, who unbeknownst to the attorney was cooperating with investigators.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced fraud and obstruction of justice charges against Aubel on Friday.
According to an affidavit, he tried to get his employee to take the fall in the credit card scheme. The affidavit says that in exchange, Aubel promised to pay the employee's salary and mortgage.
Aubel did not immediately return a call seeking comment Saturday.