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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Lockdowns, oil slump and prison closing

Jene J. Long
The McKittrick oil field in the town of McKittrick in Kern County on State Route 33, has over 1,100 producing wells. With the falling price of oil, some pump jacks that need repair are being left idle. <span class="copyright">(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The McKittrick oil field in the town of McKittrick in Kern County on State Route 33, has over 1,100 producing wells. With the falling price of oil, some pump jacks that need repair are being left idle. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is slamming cities and towns across the state.

But for Taft, a city of roughly 9,300 people in far western Kern County, there have been a few extra punches to the gut.

With prices and demand for oil down, the thousands of pump jacks that ordinarily bob up-and-down on the horizon are at a virtual standstill. That is adding to the misery on main street, where restaurants, gyms, stationery shops and other stores have been ordered closed.

And then there’s the fact that another major employer, the privately owned Taft Correctional Institute, closed its doors on April 30 after sending

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