The second of two brothers convicted of stealing money from the Bensenville business for which they worked was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.
Louie Filskov, 39, of Lombard, had been found guilty in May of using his position as general manager of a basement waterproofing company to steal $800,000.
In handing down the sentence, DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman called Filskov’s action “pure and simple greed.”
“The defendant engaged in a pattern of stealing from his employer over two years that was just staggering,” said Kleeman, who ordered Filskov to make $830,000 in restitution to Greg Mitchell, the former owner of A Better Crawlspace in Bensenville.
Filskov’s brother, Nick, was convicted in 2009 of stealing $97,000 from the same company while he was employed there. He was sentenced to six months in the county jail and ordered to make restitution.
According to prosecutors, Louie Filskov used his position to write checks to himself, which he cashed at currency exchanges.
“I’m very sorry for my part in this,” Filskov told the judge. “I tried to resolve this matter, and it has not been possible.”
Assistant State’s Atty. William Wu asked for a 12-year sentence. Anything less, he said, would send the message that someone could steal a huge sum of money and serve a short sentence. The systematic nature of Filskov’s theft also called for a long sentence, the prosecutor said.
“He stole money from Greg Mitchell like it was his job – every day, rain or shine,” Wu said.
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