UPDATE: 8 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 30
The Crystal Lake Police Department began an investigation on Aug. 28, into an allegation that Crystal Lake Attorney Curt Rehberg had obtained unauthorized control over several thousand dollars belonging to a client.
Since that time, Crystal Lake Police have received an additional six reports from former clients indicating similar circumstances.
The clients said while Rehberg, 49, was serving as their attorney, he had been granted access to funds destined for disbursement following the passing of a family member.
In all, over 1.2 million dollars had been collected by Rehberg from clients and has not been disbursed according to the agreements or expectations of those clients upon Requests, Crystal Lake Police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said.
Rehberg was arrested at his Cary home without incident at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, after an arrest warrant was obtained by Crystal Lake Police.
Dziewior said Rehberg was transported to Crystal Lake Police Headquarters, where he was processed and served with seven counts of theft as follows:
• 3 counts – Theft over $100,000, Class 1 Felonies
• 2 counts – Theft over $10,000, Class 2 Felonies
• 2 counts – Theft over $500, Class 3 Felonies
Bond for these combined charges was set at $100,000. Rehberg posted $10,000 for bond and was released pending a court appearance at the McHenry County Courthouse, Dziewior said.
The Crystal Lake Police Department encourages anyone with information regarding this still ongoing investigation, or if they believe they may also be a victim of similar circumstances, to contact the Investigations Division at 815-356-3620.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE POSTED 4 P.M. MONDAY, SEPT. 30
Crystal Lake attorney (and Cary resident) Curt P. Rehberg has been charged with embezzling more than $1.2 million from his clients.
Rehberg, 49, lives in the 1700 block of Mink Trail, and was charged with seven counts of theft involving eight victims.
In one case, Rehberg allegedly took $524,836 from a client, and $468,475 from another. Rehberg specializes in estate law, and was the executor of several trust funds, according to the Northwest Herald.
Authorities claim Rehberg failed to distribute cash to the beneficiaries and say their money is "no longer there, or presumably has been spent or transferred to another account," Asst. State's Attorney Michael Combs told the Herald.