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

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Elmhurst Man Connected To Home Repair Scam: Lawsuit

Jene J. Long

HINSDALE, IL — Many suburban residents visit public Facebook pages to get recommendations on specialists in home projects. That’s how Megan Richards Martin, a public relations executive in Hinsdale, found someone to do work at her house. And she is sorry she did — she said she was scammed.

Martin was looking for someone to replace her fence, front porch, sidewalk and driveway on Oakwood Terrace. So she sought recommendations on the Hinsdale Area Moms Facebook group. And a person in the group led her to Ed Kavanaugh, an Elmhurst resident.

On April 6, Martin called police about the matter. According to a police report, Martin hired Kavanaugh of Elmhurst-based Goliath Construction in January and gave him $10,000 as a deposit. The company then removed the driveway and front porch. It also laid brick pavers for the front porch, but did not finish the project and never did any

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