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Criminal charges for Virginia Air Mechanical

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – We've uncovered new information about the Chesterfield company accused of performing faulty generator installations that put dozens of families in danger. Now the county is bringing criminal charges against Virginia Air Mechanical and its owners.

Up until Wednesday, all action the county has taken against the company has been civil, now these violations put criminal consequences on the line.

There are 31 violations listed on the county documents. The notices were delivered to Virginia Air Mechanical Wednesday. More are expected soon. 

"It certainly is the largest number of violations that I've issued to one entity for specific violations," Chief of Inspections Roger Robertson told us.

In the worst case scenarios, the county said those violations could have caused fires or explosions in homes. Robertson said the criminal point was reached because most of the work was done without obtaining permits, meaning the safety checks were skipped.

"If the person who performed it, the responsible party is ordered by the courts to take the corrective action and doesn't, then the courts can fine them criminally," he explained.

Meanwhile three weeks ago, an attorney for Virginia Air Mechanical told us the repairs would be made free of charge and the county approved Commonwealth Duct and Mold to do the work. Owner Victoria Bryant said they've invoiced that attorney but haven't been compensated for most of the jobs. Now, the money is coming out of their pockets and they can't keep doing that.

"They need to realize that there could be charges ahead of the game that they may have to be charged for it and go after whatever they have to do to get their money back," Bryant told us.

We are also expecting more action on the civil side, as the county is alleging Virginia Air Mechanical violated the court-ordered injunction by continuing to perform work in the county.

Our calls to the company's lawyer were not returned Wednesday.

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