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Facebook case suspect accused in unfinished flooring project

Campton Hills man fears $700 deposit will be lost

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 9:15 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills resident is concerned that a home improvement project will not get done because the person he hired is the man accused of posing as a St. Charles East High School student on Facebook, according to a Campton Hills police report.

The resident, who lives in the 8N100 block of Phar Lap Drive, reportedly told police Tuesday that he hired Eric Hakala in May to replace a carpeted floor with a hardwood floor and gave him a $700 deposit.

The project remains unfinished, police reported.

On Oct. 9, police reported, the resident read news reports that Hakala is accused of attempting to meet underage girls through the Internet for sexual encounters.

Police have said that Hakala, 37, of the 1100 block of Iroquois Avenue, Naperville, posed as a 15-year-old East student named “Mike Evans” on Facebook. He reportedly used the fake account to have explicit conversations and exchange photos with other Facebook users in the St. Charles and Batavia area.

Hakala is being held at the DuPage County jail on $1 million bond.

Because of Hakala’s current circumstances, the Campton Hills resident told police he believes he is out the $700 deposit, police reported.

Police described the case as possible fraud.

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