An arrest warrant has been issued for a 39-year-old Indiana man who allegedly defrauded an elderly man out of $3,000 for repairs to his Algonquin home.
Michael P. Geary, 39, of the 6500 block of Rose Ellen Avenue in Portage, Indiana, has been charged with aggravated home repair fraud, a Class 2 felony.
Kane County prosecutors said that Geary, who used to live in Hoffman Estates, entered into an agreement in October 2018 with an Algonquin resident to perform a home repair project. The resident paid Geary an amount of $3,000 in advance for project materials.
“Geary immediately deposited the money into his bank account. After several months Geary still hadn’t started the work and the resident asked for a refund,” the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Geary told the resident in early 2019 that he would refund the deposit but did not. The charge is considered ‘aggravated’ because the victim is older than 60, prosecutors said.
The Algonquin Police Department conducted an investigation and a Kane County judge signed a warrant Thursday for Geary’s arrest.
The warrant carries a $50,000 bond. Geary’s initial court appearance will be determined once he is in custody.