River Forest police charge Chicago man with financial fraud

Nine businesses, including a River Forest bank, taken for $46,000, police say

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

River Forest police arrested a Chicago man and charged him with defrauding at least nine businesses, including a River Forest bank, by accepting around $46,000 for snow plowing, painting and landscaping services he allegedly never provided. 

Robert McKinney, 23, of the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue in Chicago, allegedly over-promised property maintenance services through a company called Better Quality Solutions, registered in Westchester.

Between November 2014 and January 2015, McKinney allegedly "solicit[ed] service contracts and accept[ed] money knowing he did not have the equipment experience or resources to fulfill the agreements," according to the River Forest police statement issued Feb. 3.

McKinney, previously was convicted in 2011 of forgery in DeKalb County and was on probation.

An investigation was started by River Forest, Berwyn and Chicago police departments. Officers from the three departments executed a search warrant Jan. 28 at McKinney's residence in the 300 block of North Central Park Avenue and seized three computers, counterfeit checks and other evidence related to financial crimes, the statement said.

River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O'Shea said financial forensic analysis and the willingness of the victim institutions to come forward aided the investigation. River Forest was the lead agency in the investigation, since a River Forest bank came forward first to complain about McKinney, said O'Shea.

The bank was the only River Forest business allegedly defrauded by McKinney, O'Shea said.

"We commend the victims' willingness to sign criminal complaints and assist with prosecution of the alleged offender," he said.

McKinney was charged with running a financial crime enterprise, felony forgery and theft. Bail was set at $50,000. Police said more charges may follow.

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Brian_OP  

Posted: February 10th, 2015 2:05 PM

I like the Dewayne Wade "phlasses".

Glad they got him from Naperville  

Posted: February 10th, 2015 1:58 PM

This dude is a straight up criminal. He ripped off countless businesses and individuals. I hope he goes to jail and has to spend hard time with his cell mate Bubba.

Brian Slowiak from Westchester  

Posted: February 8th, 2015 12:27 PM

in order for a felony complaint to be issued, an Assistant States Attorney must give their written approval, which is a felony review number. The States Attorney is on call 24 hours a day,weekends,holidays,mostly by phone. Very, very rare for a States Attorney to authorize complaints that do not sustain the burden of the elements of the offense. The ASA also will coach a police officer on what is needed for a felony complaint.

RF from OP  

Posted: February 8th, 2015 11:41 AM

looks like a civil matter, imo. Could it be based on his race? can the prosecutor prove criminal intent?

OP Resident #693 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 7th, 2015 9:45 PM

"The world needs ditchdiggers too, Danny" -Judge Smails

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 5th, 2015 3:45 PM

Hopefully he'll be sentenced to an ankle monitor, be required to check in daily with a probation officer, and be required to get a job and pay back the money taken. He can write a check out of every paycheck he earns at whatever minimum wage job he'll be able to find. I'm sure he'll be very successful.

Sgt. Carl Winslow from Chicago  

Posted: February 5th, 2015 2:25 PM

STEEEEEVE!!!!

Ju Ju  

Posted: February 5th, 2015 2:22 PM

Looks like Erkl to me

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