Plainfield Township supervisor indicted in $1.4 million embezzlement from private firm he founded

Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune

A southwest suburban township supervisor has been indicted on federal charges alleging he stole almost $1.4 million over a six-year period from a private firm where he served as chief financial officer.

Anthony Fremarek, 49, who has served as the Plainfield Township supervisor since 2013, was charged in a six-count indictment unsealed Thursday with wire fraud and making false statements to a financial institution.

Fremarek was arrested Thursday morning and appeared before a federal magistrate judge in Chicago, where he pleaded not guilty. The judge ordered him released on a $250,000 recognizance bond that did not require him to post any money.

His lawyer, Vincent Pinelli, was not immediately available for comment.

According to the 11-page indictment, between 2013 and 2019, Fremarek embezzled about $1.38 million from Company A, a privately held consulting firm based in Schaumburg.

The company was not named in the charges, but his bio on the Plainfield Township website as well as his LinkedIn page show he held a chief financial officer position at PSC Group, LLC, a Schaumburg-based company that provides technology consulting services for small to mid-size businesses. A company representative could not immediately be reached.

According to the charges, as Company A’s CFO, Fremarek used company funds to make payments on personal credit cards without authorization, then hid the fraud by making false entries in the company’s accounting system to make it look like the payments went to legitimate vendors, the charges alleged.

He also submitted false paperwork to the banks where Company A held accounts that “falsely inflated Company A’s liquidity” so he could continue the scheme undetected, according to the indictment.

Fremarek, a Republican, was elected to the township board in April 2009 and elected supervisor four years later, according to his bio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.

In a statement on his campaign website from last year, Fremarek touted his financial prowess, saying he was proud the township was solidly “in the black.”

“I have led a board that believes that running a township is no different than running our our homes,” he wrote. “Simply put, you can only spend what you make.”

jmeisner@chicagotribune.com