Naperville Attorney Accused of Fraud

One of Naperville’s most notable attorneys who has negotiated a number of landmark developments throughout the city is now being accused of fraud.

Bill Brestal’s long-time partners at his previous law firm, Dommermuth, Cobine, West, Gensler, Phillipchuck, Corrigan, and Bernhard have filed allegations with the DuPage County Court.

They accuse Brestal of keeping unauthorized bonuses, using company credit cards to fund vacations, and lying to stakeholders about the firm’s finances.

Brestal has helped landowners and developers gain the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval for more than 55,000 acres of Naperville.

He also raised money and support for Edward Hospital, North Central College, and the Riverwalk.

Attorney Craig Cobine said when the firm faced increasing financial stress in 2008 as the housing market began to collapse, they started keeping a closer watch on their finances and noticed they were paying the utility bill for brestal’s second home in Florida.

The firm tried unsuccessfully to handle the matter internally. Brestal resigned earlier this year. Losses to the firm are estimated to be around a million dollars.

The lawsuit is set to go before DuPage County Judge Bonnie Wheaton in January.

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