A Naperville attorney awaiting trial for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients and former law firm partners has been recommended for disbarment.
Members of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission's hearing board have concluded Steven D. Gustafson should forfeit his license to practice law. The ARDC, an agency of the Illinois Supreme Court, investigates and prosecutes attorneys suspected of or charged with malfeasance.
He faces trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton on a total of 12 felony charges of theft, forgery, financial institution fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise. A Feb. 24 status date is set in that case.
DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett last year accused Gustafson of writing unauthorized checks to himself between 2001 and 2006 that were drawn against a trust fund bank account held by the firm. He then allegedly cashed the checks or deposited them into his personal bank account.
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Disbarment Sought of Lawyer Accused of Stealing