CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—The Chesterfield County Police Department is seeking additional victims of a man believed to be involved in at least two cases of construction fraud.
Police obtained warrants for 27-year-old Jimmy A.S. Lane, of Pennsylvania, for construction fraud and fraudulent use of a birth certificate or driver's license on Dec. 31, 2013. In October 2013, Lane agreed to repair the driveways of at least two Chesterfield County residents. Each gave him initial payments of several hundred dollars, but he failed to complete the work promised for either victim.
Lane presented himself to these victims as Everett Burgess using a stolen ID, and is believed to have more victims in the area.
"He actually had stolen someone else's identity and was actually presenting that identification as his own," said Sergeant Kevin Carroll of the Chesterfield County Police Department.
Scams like this are not uncommon. If you are unsure about a contractor who approaches you, ask for a written contract, get references or conduct your own online research before giving any money. Also, avoid giving cash; use a check or money order, so that the transaction can be traced.
"Unfortunately, it is [common]," Carroll said. "And unfortunately, usually the elderly community is the persons that are being victimized or preyed upon."
Chesterfield Police urge anyone who has been one of Lane's victims, or has information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call them immediately at 804-748-1251.
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