The Elmhurst owner of Goliath Construction Corp. has pleaded guilty to committing fraud against customers in DuPage, Cook and Will counties.
Edmund Kavanaugh, 53, pleaded guilty to home repair fraud and theft in DuPage and Cook counties, according to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
Kavanaugh was sentenced to seven years in prison for the convictions in DuPage and Cook counties, according to the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Those sentences will run concurrently.
Kavanaugh previously pleaded guilty to continuing a financial crimes enterprise in Will County. State’s Attorney James Glasgow called Kavanaugh a “textbook scam artist” after Kavanaugh was sentenced to seven years in prison.
“It is about time that this con artist who has swindled victims throughout the Chicagoland area has received what he so richly deserves – time in prison,” Glasgow said.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement that Kavanaugh “has a long history of scamming and defrauding the residents of Cook and DuPage counties.”
“Prolific scammers like him have no place in our communities, and I am committed to continuing to hold accountable individuals who take advantage of consumers by taking money and not performing the work promised,” Raoul said.
The attorney general’s Consumer Fraud Bureau received numerous consumer complaints about Kavanaugh, and the office took action against him multiple times over the past several years, according to the attorney general’s office.