Hinsdale Woman Says She Was Scammed On Home Improvement Projects

HINSDALE, IL — Many suburban residents visit public Facebook pages to get recommendations on specialists in home projects. That’s how Megan Richards Martin, a public relations executive in Hinsdale, found someone to do work at her house. And she is sorry she did — she said she was scammed.

Martin was looking for someone to replace her fence, front porch, sidewalk and driveway on Oakwood Terrace. So she sought recommendations on the Hinsdale Area Moms Facebook group. And a person in the group led her to Ed Kavanaugh, an Elmhurst resident.

On April 6, Martin called police about the matter. According to a police report, Martin hired Kavanaugh of Elmhurst-based Goliath Construction in January and gave him $10,000 as a deposit. The company then removed the driveway and front porch. It also laid brick pavers for the front porch, but did not finish the project and never did any work on the fence, the report said.

In early March, Martin gave Kavanaugh another $690 for the permit to pour the driveway, but she later found he had not given the money to the village, according to documents. He blamed the city for a paperwork error and later said he

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