According to a news release by the Sycamore Police Department, the President and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, Anthony D. Cvek of Sycamore, IL has been charged with embezzling $10,000 – $100,000 in funds from the non-profit organization. The exact amount was not specified in the release.
Cvek, 37, of the 200 block of West Sycamore Street, was arrested Thursday, February 7, 2019 and released after posting $1000 bail. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a FOID card, and possession of a revoked FOID card. He faces 3-7 years in prison if convicted of the theft charge.
Cvek has been president of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter since 2012. According to their website, “Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.”
On his LinkedIn page, Cvek is listed as the CEO of Community Investment Partners, LLC, a real estate consulting firm which he founded in 2011. Cvek has also been a real estate broker with Charles Rutenberg Realty since 2010. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Community Credit Union in Sycamore, IL since 2015.
Cvek has a fairly extensive background in local politics. He has been on the DeKalb County Government Board of Review since August of 2017. He previously served on the DeKalb County Board from 2012 – 2014, representing District 4. Cvek ran unsuccessfully for 2nd Ward Alderman in Sycamore in 2011, garnering only 53 votes.
In addition, Cvek is the President of “A Victory Strategy,” an organization whose goal is to “[a]ssist candidates for local and state political offices in Northern Illinois with campaign strategy, fundraising, coalition building, literature design, messaging, opposition research, event coordination, and financial reporting.”
Cvek is scheduled to appear in DeKalb County court at 9 a.m. on February 20, 2019.