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Bond set at $50K for Northwest Indiana man accused of Algonquin home repair fraud

Bond was set on Thursday at $50,000 for a Northwest Indiana man accused of home repair fraud after he was hired to work on an Algonquin home and didn't perform any repairs.

A Kane County judge on Thursday set bond for Michael P. Geary, 39, of Portage, Indiana – more than a year after Kane County court records show that Geary was accused of failing to perform home repair work for the Algonquin resident and never repaying that person.

Geary was charged on Sunday with one count of aggravated home repair fraud, court records show. Kane County prosecutors said on Thursday that Geary has yet to be arrested. His first court date won't be set until Geary has been arrested.

Once arrested, Geary would have to pay $5,000 to bail out of jail.

Geary, formerly of Hoffman Estates, is accused of agreeing with an Algonquin resident – whose gender and age were not disclosed by the State's Attorney's Office – to undertake an unspecified home repair project. The resident paid Geary an advance of $3,000 for the cost of materials, the type of which were not specified by prosecutors, and Geary allegedly deposited that money immediately into his bank account.

"After several months, Geary still hadn't started the work" and the Algonquin resident requested a refund, according to prosecutors. Without specifying the months, prosecutors said Geary told the resident in early 2019 that he would refund the cash, but never did.

The charge against Geary is an aggravated offense because the Algonquin resident is older than 60, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

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