Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.
State

Attorney charged in credit card scheme

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.

Loading more