Police search River Grove man’s home after scam accusations

Police searched a home in River Grove last week as part of an investigation into a local man accused of scamming a couple in Roselle.

Members of the Roselle, River Grove and Elmwood Park police departments, as well as a representative from the state’s attorney’s office, executed a search warrant the morning of July 16 in the 2400 block of Forest View Ave. — the home of Eric Nelson, who owns a construction business.

Roselle Police Detective Mike Marotta said they confiscated computers and documents from the home.

Nelson, owner of a Construction Logistics Inc., was also taken to River Grove Police Department for questioning — though he was later released.

According to Marotta, the Roselle police investigation involving Nelson stems from a claim he allegedly took a cash deposit from an elderly Roselle couple to remodel their bathroom and roof, but the work was never completed.

“They tried to get their deposit back, but he took off and never finished the job,” he said.

This isn’t the first allegation that has been made in regards to Nelson’s business practices.

A lawsuit was filed in May by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office as part of a crackdown on home repair scams, and several home repair companies have been targeted. The suit filed against Construction Logistics Inc. alleges that in the past the company has done plumbing, roofing and electrical work without being licensed.

The suit also alleges that after completing contracted work, the company presented residents with new costs due to unanticipated complications. It also alleges the company repeatedly failed to complete home repair work and failed to refund Cook County homeowners of more than $44,800 in up-front costs for contracts.

In regards to the lawsuit, Nelson said the allegations are being made without proof. When asked about the recent search of his home by police, he had no comment.

Marotta said they will take a look at what they confiscated from Nelson’s home and go from there.

“No charges have been filed and this part of an ongoing investigation,” he said.

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