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Crystal Lake attorney appears in court on theft charges

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 3:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 8:56 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Crystal Lake-based attorney accused of embezzling more than a million dollars from his clients appeared in McHenry County court on Tuesday morning.

Curt P. Rehberg of Cary was charged Sept. 27 with seven counts of felony theft. At Tuesday’s initial court date, attorney Henry Sugden filed an appearance to represent him.

Rehberg is accused of taking more than $1.2 million of his client’s money. There are eight victims named in the criminal indictment.

Prosecutors say Rehberg was the executor of several trust fund accounts but never distributed the cash to beneficiaries.

Rehberg also has a related pending case before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The ARDC can disbar, suspend, censure or reprimand Rehberg based on the outcome of its investigation. The ARDC says Rehberg used the money for business and personal expenses.

The most serious criminal charge against Rehberg, theft of more than $100,000, is a nonprobational Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in prison.

His next court date is Nov. 12. He was released after his arrest after posting $10,000, or 10 percent of his $100,000 bond.

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