GENEVA – An Elgin man is wanted on a warrant for allegedly defrauding a Geneva homeowner on a roof repair project, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office announced in a news release.
Nicholas R. Difiore, 32, of the 17700 block of Corron Road, Elgin, was charged Feb. 4 with aggravated home repair fraud and theft, both felonies, according to the release, court and police records.
Kane County Associate Judge David Kliment signed a warrant for Difiore's arrest also on Feb. 4 and set his bond at $25,000 with 10 percent or $2,500 to apply for bail.
Difiore’s whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information about Difiore is asked to call Geneva police investigators at 630- 232-4736.
According to the police reports, the victim, a 70-year-old Geneva woman who lives in the 700 bock of Oakwood Drive, posted a Facebook message in September 2019 asking for advice on hiring a contractor to repair her sun room roof.
Difiore responded to her Facebook post, advising that he was a roofer and could complete the repairs. On Sept. 8, Difiore provided her with an estimate of $1,000; she agreed and wrote him a check for $600 as a down payment for the project and materials, the police report stated.
On Sept. 11, surveillance footage at the U.S. Bank in Geneva showed him cashing the $600 check, according to the report.
But after she paid Difiore, he became increasingly difficult to contact. He continually promised to begin the project but consistently failed to do so. On Oct. 23, 2019, he stopped responding entirely to her requests to begin the project and has not contacted her since, the report stated.
On Dec. 19, 2019, Geneva police sent certified letters to Difiore’s residence and place of employment requesting that he begin the home repair project; he did not respond to either letter and has had no contact with the Geneva resident or the police, according to the report.
Aggravated home repair fraud is a Class 2 felony, punishable by four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted. Theft that is more than $500 but less than $10,000 is a Class 3 felony, punishable by two to five years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted.