Local attorney William C. Chesbrough pleaded not guilty to criminal charges he bilked clients out more than $140,000 between 2007 and 2009.
Chesbrough, 57, was charged in December with three felonies, including two counts of felony theft and one count of financial exploitation of an elderly person.
Prosecutors allege that he failed to return more than $120,000 at the end of a three-year probate filing to a 69-year-old Hampshire woman who had hired him to help her with an estate. He also is accused of failing to return about $20,000 he held in an escrow-type account for a West Dundee family.
Chesbrough, who declined to comment as he left the courtroom of Kane County Associate Judge T. Jordan Gallagher, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.
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Local Attorney Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud