VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach court has ordered a window seller to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution for defrauding homeowners.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit in July 2017 against Virginia Beach-based Sea-Thru Windows and owner Jeffery Pesich.
The lawsuit accused the company of taking money from homeowners before work was completed — in addition to making false statements about when windows would be delivered.
“What they were doing was taking people’s money for down payments for new windows and never installing windows in the homes,” Herring said. “They had fake excuses and were basically stealing from the homeowners.”
Herring also accused the company and Pesich of using the money for personal items and other business.
The almost $150,000 in restitution will go toward 64 customers affected by this fraud.
“It was frustrating to say the least to be ripped off,” said Sea-Thru Windows’ customer Terri Bruch.
In 2016, Bruch paid more than $3,000 to Sea-Thru Windows for new windows in her Virginia Beach home. The check was cashed, but nothing was done.
“They never came back,” she added.
She says her phone calls to the company and Pesich were never returned.
“We felt so helpless, because there wasn’t anything we could do,” Bruch said. “When I started talking to the Attorney General I really did feel a lot of relief that my voice was being heard.”
According to Herring’s office, the Virginia Board for Contractors revoked Sea-Thru’s contractor’s license in March 2017.
“It sends a real strong message to not only Sea-Thru Windows and its owner that they are going to accountable for what they’ve done, but it sends a message to other contractors that this won’t be tolerated,” Herring added.
10 On Your Side called Pesich and his attorney Peter Jankell, but neither returned our calls.