Repair Man Sentenced To Prison After Defrauding Geneva Homeowner

Jene J. Long

GENEVA, IL — An Algonquin man was sentenced this week to serve four years in prison for stealing from a Geneva homeowner and writing a bad check to a St. Charles car dealer. David Regal, 34, pleaded guilty in September to theft and deceptive practice, both felonies, according to prosecutors.

Regal stole more than $95,000 between June 2012 and February 2015 from a Geneva woman who hired him to paint her house and do home-improvement projects, prosecutors said. The homeowner paid in advance, but Regal never did any of the work he was contracted to complete, according to a news release from Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

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Regal wrote a $16,000 check in December 2015 to purchase a pickup from a St. Charles auto dealership, prosecutors said. The dealer tried to cash the check multiple times but couldn’t, due to insufficient funds in the account Regal used., the release states.

Regal was also sentenced to pay back $95,316 to the Geneva homeowner, according to prosecutors. He will receive credit for serving 115 days in Kane County jail.

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“David Regal is a con man who swindled a woman out of nearly $100,000. He belongs in prison,” McMahon said in the release. “The only way to protect the public from people like Mr. Regal is to remove them from society. I am happy to oblige.”

This article originally appeared on the Geneva Patch

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