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Crime & Courts

Attorney general: Elmhurst man defrauded customers out of thousands with defective appliances

ELMHURST – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a lawsuit Oct. 12 against an Elmhurst man after he allegedly defrauded customers out of thousands of dollars by selling defective appliances.

Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Edmund Kavanaugh for allegedly selling defective appliances to residents of Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties through his businesses, All Appliances Inc., All Appliances Outlet Inc. and Terry’s Warehouse Appliances, according to a news release from Madigan's office.

According to the lawsuit, Kavanaugh advertised used appliance sales on Facebook and other phone apps, even though none of his businesses were registered by the Illinois Secretary of State as required by state law.

Madigan’s office received complaints from residents who purchased used refrigerators, washers and dryers through Kavanaugh’s businesses, and according to the lawsuit, customers reported purchasing appliances and receiving inoperable products or, in some cases, the wrong items altogether.

Madigan alleges Kavanaugh refused to exchange products or provide refunds, the release stated. The Addison Police Department also has received similar complaints, including at least five from residents who said they never received the appliances they purchased, according to the release.

“Ed Kavanaugh’s latest scam defrauds people by charging them for used appliances, pocketing their money and leaving them without the products they purchased,” Madigan said in the release.

Kavanaugh was charged by the DuPage County State’s Attorney Office earlier this year with failing to register his businesses with the state and violating a municipal ordinance for operating without a license, the release stated. He pleaded guilty and was charged a fine, according to the release.

Madigan’s Criminal Enforcement Bureau also has filed a criminal indictment against Kavanaugh in a separate home repair scheme, and her office indicted Kavanaugh in August on charges of aggravated home repair fraud and theft, Class 2 felonies, the release stated.

In her civil lawsuit, Madigan is seeking to prevent Kavanaugh from advertising or selling appliances and asks the court to void any contracts, according to the release. She also is seeking restitution for residents and civil penalties.

Supervising Assistant Attorney General Sarah Poulimas and Assistant Attorney Agnes Ptasznik are handling the lawsuit for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau, and the criminal case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Maryanne Mlikotic, the release stated.

Those who would like to file a consumer fraud complaint against All Appliances Inc., All Appliances Outlet Inc. or Terry’s Warehouse Appliances can do so by visiting ccformsubmission.ilattorneygeneral.net or contacting Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 1-800-386-5438.

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