VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Herring is accusing a Virginia Beach-based window seller of defrauding homeowners.
The lawsuit against Sea-Thru Windows, Inc. accuses the company — and its president and owner, Jeffery C. Pesich — of absconding with tens of thousands of dollars of customers’ money.
Herring’s lawsuit is seeking restitution for homeowners whose money was allegedly taken before work was completed, as well as some whose “lifetime warranty” was not honored.
The company is accused of making false statements about when windows would be delivered and installed.
Sea-Thru and Pesich are also being accused of spending customers’ money on personal items or other business matters rather than buying windows for installation.
Last year, Lynn Marshall felt it was to make improvements to her home.
“I was replacing every window in my home, even the sliding glass door,” Lynn Marshall said.
Marshall spent just over $2,000 with Sea-Thru windows. Months went by, but the job was never done.
“Oh I was hot,” Marshall said. “I was really angry. I even called the police department.”
Sea-Thru windows shut down operations in March.
“I was devastated,” Marshall said. “I was upset I was crying. It is hard-working money for a single woman who is trying to take care of her house.”
10 On Your Side learned Marshall wasn’t alone. We received more than 30 emails from viewers who say they used Sea-Thru Windows, but never got what they paid for.
“We’ve gotten a number of complaints from folks, but there might be others out there,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said.
The attorney general has stepped in and is taking the company’s owner Pesich to court.
“We are going to do everything we can to try to get that money back for folks,” Herring added.
In November, 10 On Your Side was there when everything inside the Sea Thru Window’s Norfolk warehouse was auctioned off by the landlord. We’re told after months of not paying rent, the company was evicted and everything inside seized.
“Something needed to be done,” Marshall added. “It is just not fair. There are people that work hard and want to take care of their home. It’s like somebody stealing from you.”
10 On Your Side called Pesich Friday, but he didn’t answer the phone. We did talk with him earlier this year and he told us he felt bad about the situation and he didn’t keep the money. He said he couldn’t elaborate because he was facing litigation.
“We are going to do everything we can to hold them accountable,” Herring said. “If there are other violations I’m sure we can be talking to the Commonwealth’s Attorney whether there might be action to take.”
10 On Your Side did learn Pesich has been charged in Suffolk with construction fraud. He is scheduled for trial next month.
“When Virginians spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on their homes, they should get what they pay for,” Herring stated in a news release Friday.