Retired detective facing construction fraud charges

Jerry Daniel Scott
Jerry Daniel Scott

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A retired police detective is facing fraud charges. Jerry Daniel Scott is accused of taking money for construction work, and never finishing the job. He's due in Chesterfield District Court Thursday, but that's not his only problem.

Scott also faces a felony charge in Colonial Heights, where he used to work as a detective sergeant.

Colonial Heights Police say he retired before 2001, and they're treating him just like anyone else under investigation.

Scott works for "JD Scott & Son", a Colonial Heights based construction company. He's charged with multiple felony counts for the work- some say- he hasn't done. Those alleged victims have also filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

"An elderly couple who had paid serious money to have some work done," said Thomas Gallagher, with the Better Business Bureau. "They were told they would have the work done in the winter or the spring and then one thing didn't lead to another, and it didn't lead to another and it didn't lead to another."

The victims in Colonial Heights didn't want to go on camera, but we're told they were promised new weather proofed windows. They say they paid several thousand dollars up front and trusted Scott, because he was a former police officer.

"They gave money and nothing happened," said Gallagher of the incident. "We've received another complaint and usually we don't like to speak about any pending complaints, but this is just about the same thing where folks have given money- paid money out- serious money for a job and nothing's happened and they can't find anything out about it."

A second complaint with police was filed in Chesterfield County, where Scott again faces charges for a construction scam.

We tried to reach Scott at the address listed with the BBB, but no one answered the door.

JD Scott & Son has an "F" rating with the BBB, but it does have a business license good through November of this year.

If you find yourself victim to construction fraud, you can get help through the Contractor's Recovery Fund.  You need to file a report with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations. If you need help with this process, you can call the Senior Fraud line at (804) 780-2222.

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