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Aurora man charged in $1.8 million fraud case

Updated: October 6, 2012 1:48PM

CHICAGO — An Aurora businessman has been arrested after being indicted on federal fraud charges, the FBI said Tuesday.

The businessman, Robert Durchslag, president of Singles Roofing Company Inc. in Elgin, cheated a manufacturer out of more than $1.8 million worth of materials and supplies that he purchased on credit and never paid for, according to a federal indictment. He was charged with three counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury on Aug. 16.

On Aug. 17, FBI agents went to arrest Durchslag at his business, but he fled the premises after he was alerted to the agents’ arrival by surveillance cameras. After nearly two weeks of pursuit, agents located Durchslag at a Michigan Avenue hotel last week and arrested him without incident, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Durchslag, 56, has a detention hearing scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

According to the indictment, between June and November 2009, Durchslag defrauded GAF-ELK, a roofing manufacturer with an office in Woodridge. Durchslag obtained $1.8 million in materials and supplies from GAF on credit by making false representations about Singles Roofing’s financial status, authorities said.

Each count of wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution.

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