CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — A local man is accused of scamming thousands of dollars from Richmond-area couples while posing as a licensed contractor. Police in both Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties are now involved.
In Dinwiddie, warrants are out for Thomas Ray Lee Jr.’s arrest.
8News spoke with victims in both counties who said they’ve lost thousands of dollars getting scammed by the same man recently. Now, there’s a network of other victims working to find him.
“This guy makes a living off of scamming people,” said Alycia Reid, from Chesterfield. Last month, she and her husband wanted an $800 deck modification. She found Thomas Ray Lee Jr. on Facebook after unsuccessfully looking for a communicative contractor who would do the work. She said someone had recommended Lee through the social media platform. She reached out.
Lee replied quickly and was ultimately hired to do the job. His company was called Pro Home Services RVA, according to Reid’s paper receipts.
According to Reid, Lee was quite the smooth talker. “He called me and said Ms. Reid, I think these deck boards are dry rotted, you may need a whole new, whole new deck boards,” she told 8News Tuesday.