Man wanted for ripping off elderly victims in construction fraud scheme

Posted at 10:57 PM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 07:06:09-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man accused of ripping off older victims after promising to complete construction work.

William Gilliam needed some repairs done to the floor inside his Dinwiddie County home last September. Gilliam said the floor had sunk in and was not level.

His daughter told him about Carl James Hunt, a man who could possibly do the repairs.

“He came over and looked at the house inside, then he looked underneath the house and said 'oh yeah, I can fix that,'" said Gilliam.

Carl James Hunt

Gilliam paid Hunt $700 for the work, but said Hunt ended up making the damage worse and even messed up his doors.

Gilliam said he asked for his money back, but only got $200.

When Carl Hunt left, that was the last Gilliam saw or heard from him.

“I called him, called him, called, him,” said Gilliam. “He never responded.”

Dinwiddie investigators said Gilliam was not Hunt's only victim. Now they're asking the public for help in finding Hunt.

William Gilliam

Hunt is wanted on felony construction fraud charges, and not having a business license.

Officials haven’t been able to find him because they said Hunt is using fake addresses.

“He’s preying on the elderly, taking advantage of them," Investigator Floyd Crowder said. “He’s basically taking their monthly income, they can’t survive without that means.”

Gilliam is now out $500 and hopes authorities find Carl Hunt soon.

“If he did it to me, he’ll do it to someone else,” said Gilliam.

If you have any information on where Carl Hunt is call the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at 804-469-4550 or the Petersburg/Dinwiddie Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212

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