Monday, January 21, 2013
Two federal grand jury indictments were handed down late last week, charging a total of 13 defendants. Two of the offenders came from Skokie and Northbrook while others came from as far as Russia and Poland, authorities said.
An international identity theft scheme was halted by the FBI following an investigation on Friday that dates back to 2009. The United States Department of Justice announced that two federal grand jury indictments were handed down, charging a total of 13 individuals with a variety of offenses - from scheming to obtaining goods, cars and money illegally. Among those charged were Peter Vana, 36, of Skokie, with three counts of wire fraud and Yaroslav Bolesta, 25, of Northbrook with one count of wire fraud. The duo is alleged to have participated in the fraud of purchasing multiple pieces of clothing, sporting goods, electronics and even vehicles through the use of identity theft and credit card fraud. All in all, 24 counts were made against …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Tuesday March 15.
Here's what's going on in Patch sites around you: Investor Wins $2 Million And Auto Dealership in Fraud Suit. New Trier Removes Teacher From School Pending Misconduct Investigation. Muslim School Eyes Leasing Deal With Catholic Church Local Musher Wins Russian Dogsled Race.
Monday, March 14, 2011
A judge ruled in favor of North Shore Auto Group investor Chuck Brahos Friday, convicting the dealership's managing members of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
Highland Park investor Chuck Brahos walked out of the Lake County Courthouse on Friday looking jubilant, and half-seriously raised his hands in the air in victory. “I feel vindicated,” he said. Brahos had just heard the final verdict on a case he filed nearly three years ago, against Carl Ritz of Northbrook and Carey Chickerneo and Steven Goodman of Highland Park, principals of Highland Park’s North Shore Auto Group. After Brahos invested $750,000 in the company and signed on as a non-managing member in 2006, Ritz, Chickerneo and Goodman created a phony operating agreement behind his back and attempted to expel him as a shareholder, according to Judge Margaret Mullen. Because of the complexity of the issues involved, Brahos’ suit was …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
North Shore Auto Group principals must pay more than $2 million in damages to Highland Park investor.
A Lake County judge found three owners of North Shore Auto Group guilty of fraud last week and ordered them to pay $1.5 million in actual damages and an additional $800,000 in punitive damages to Highland Park investor Charles Brahos. According to a lawsuit filed by Brahos, North Shore Auto Group’s managing partners—Carl Ritz of Northbrook, and Carey Chickerneo and Steven Goodman of Highland Park—created a phony contract without Brahos’ knowledge. The men then broke the conditions of what Brahos thought was the real contract and ultimately attempted to expel him as a shareholder in the company. “Its truly on the level of a Bernie Madoff scam,” Brahos told Patch. “At closing, they switched the paperwork. Everything closed, everything …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Charles Brahos sued North Shore Auto Group for fraudulent conduct.
A Lake County Civil Court jury found the three principals of Highland Park's North Shore Auto Group guilty of fraudulent conduct Wednesday and ordered them to pay a Highland Park investor $1.54 million in damages, according to Pioneer Press. The jury also ordered principal Carey Chickerneo, the son of Highland Park High School's legendary football coach John Chickerneo, to pay $500,000 in punitive damages. Highland Park resident Charles Barhos filed the lawsuit. Read the story in here.