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New prosecutor named in man’s 8-year-old drug case

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 11:05 p.m. CST

JOLIET – A new special prosecutor will take over the case against a Naperville man who has been awaiting trial on drug charges for eight years.

Assistant Attorney General Paul Bervid took over Thursday for his colleague John Kezdy, who has had the case for five years, because Kezdy may be a witness in a new case against Michael R. Vilim, 55.

On May 8, Kezdy allegedly arrived at the courthouse to see Vilim driving in a car by himself. Being aware that Vilim’s license is suspended because he failed to pay child support, Kezdy notified state police, who stopped Vilim at Interstate 80 and Briggs Street, according to reports. Bervid told Judge Edward Burmila that Vilim identified himself to police as his own brother.

Kezdy said Thursday he did not witness the arrest, but Vilim’s attorney Chuck Bretz argued Kezdy is listed in the report and could be called as a witness.

Kezdy first told Burmila he would “temporarily” withdraw from the prosecution until the suspension case was resolved.

“I don’t want any ‘game playing’ here and I use the term purposely. You’re in or you’re out,” Burmila said. Kezdy agreed to withdraw and the motion to revoke Vilim’s bond was argued.

Burmila agreed that the driving with a suspended license arrest, while only an allegation, had violated bond conditions and raised Vilim’s bond an additional $50,000 to $350,000. Vilim was handcuffed and brought to the county jail, but relatives indicated they would put up the $5,000 cash now required immediately.

Vilim was arrested in 2006 in Bolingbrook when the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad reportedly seized 17 kilos of cocaine. During the investigation, Vilim’s then-wife was having a sexual relationship with a MANS agent, according to court records.

Vilim, an investor and trader who also managed a Chicago-area boxer, has been permanently banned from selling securities in Illinois after he took thousands of dollars his clients wanted to invest for his own personal use, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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