CHICAGO — A Portage lawyer licensed to practice in Illinois who was convicted on federal fraud charges for scheming to provide falsified documents to prevent foreclosure on a nearly $2 million parcel of land in Aurora, Illinois, was given a prison sentence of one day.

The fraud Robert Jon Schlyer, 47, was convicted of resulted in an elderly couple losing $300,000.

U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve handed down the sentence to Schlyer last week. In addition the one day, which was time served, Schlyer was sentenced to six months of home confinement, two years probation and to pay restitution of $227,00 to the couple he was convicted of defrauding. 

Schlyer's defense attorneys requested a light sentence because they said Schlyer has a young son to care for. 

Schlyer’s fraud scheme occurred while representing two clients — co-schemers Kevin LeBeau and Brian Bodie — in connection with a foreclosure lawsuit. Evidence at trial revealed Schlyer provided false and fraudulent documents to an elderly couple and Amcore Bank to postpone foreclosure on the Aurora property.

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The jury returned the guilty verdicts Oct. 6 after a four-day trial. Each count carried a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The conviction was announced by Joel R. Levin, acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and John P. Selleck, acting special agent-in-charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI.

Part of the scheme that began in 2004 included Schlyer's obtaining $300,000 from the retired couple by providing them with fake documents that made it seem like they were making a safe investment in the redevelopment of the Aurora property and that it would be secured by a trust. 

Eventually the foreclosure occurred, and the property was sold in 2010 at a significant loss to the bank.

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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.