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Crime & Courts

DeKalb attorney charged with theft

DeKALB – A DeKalb lawyer is expected to appear in court Tuesday for allegedly stealing from a former employee’s retirement fund.

Kevin O. Johnson, 47, of the 1600 block of Maness Court, Sycamore, was charged Monday with misdemeanor theft. Johnson also is facing unrelated ethics charges before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

On Monday, Johnson was charged with taking money out of the paycheck for a former employee but failing to put it in her retirement fund, DeKalb police Lt. Robert Redel said. Court documents indicate the amount was less than $500. 

Johnson operated the Law Office of K.O. Johnson at 901 N. First St. in DeKalb. 

The ethics complaint alleges Johnson billed two divorce clients for attorneys fees knowing that part of the fees had been discharged through the clients’ bankruptcy proceedings and he could not collect them.

The ethics complaint also alleges Johnson interfered with his own bankruptcy proceedings by asking his clients to ignore communication from the bankruptcy trustee.

He also improperly asked clients to send him payments directly when those payments were part of the bankruptcy estate and should have been sent to the bankruptcy trustee, the complaint alleges.

Johnson has denied the allegations in the ethics case, and no final decision has been reached.

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