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Algonquin 'con man' sentenced to 4 years in prison

34-year-old took about $100K from Geneva woman for work he never completed

David A. Regal, 34, of the 2600 block of Williamsburg Drive, Algonquin
David A. Regal, 34, of the 2600 block of Williamsburg Drive, Algonquin

An Algonquin man was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty Sept. 6, 2019, to charges of felony theft totaling about $100,000 and deceptive practice, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Kane County Associate Judge Alice Tracy sentenced David A. Regal, 34, of the 2600 block of Williamsburg Drive, Algonquin.

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

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelli Schmidt said in court that between June 2012 and February 2015, Regal stole $95,318 from a Geneva woman who hired him to paint her house and complete other home improvement projects. The woman paid Regal in advance for materials, but Regal never performed the work.

Tracy ordered Regal to pay $95,318 in restitution to the Geneva homeowner.

On Dec. 31, 2015, Regal wrote a check to a St. Charles car dealer for $18,000 in exchange for a 2014 Dodge pickup truck.

The dealership tried to deposit the check multiple times but was notified of insufficient funds. The dealership then contacted St. Charles police, according to the release.

Regal has a 2004 felony conviction for fraud and a 2010 felony conviction for theft, both in McHenry County, and three misdemeanor convictions for related offenses, according to the release.

In accordance with state law, Regal is eligible for day-for-day sentencing, so he will receive credit for the 115 days he served in the Kane County Jail.

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