Toms Brook man charged with contracting fraud

FRONT ROYAL — Police have arrested a Toms Brook man accused of fraudulently performing contract paving work and not having a business license.

Virgil Leroy Henry, 46, was arrested on May 23 and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses and operating a business without a license. The alleged victim, a Front Royal man living in a nursing home, told police that three men in a red pickup truck working for Henry’s paving and seal coat company told the victim’s son that the victim had contracted them to seal the son’s driveway, the criminal complaint states.

A check was issued on May 16 for $7,800 to Henry for the work the men did, but after the victim’s son spoke to the victim about the job, it was discovered that the victim never authorized anyone to perform work on the driveway, the criminal complaint states. The check was deposited at United Bank in Front Royal, and the bank’s surveillance footage allegedly shows Henry as the one who made the deposit.

Henry’s business license has been revoked since Feb. 8, 2012, a separate criminal complaint alleges, and was revoked as a result of a consumer claim of financial loss through a dishonest licensed contractor under the Virginia Contractor Transaction Recovery Act. The work order from the driveway sealing shows Henry’s business name, which led to the charge of operating a business without a license, the criminal complaint states.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled today in Warren County General District Court. Henry is in custody at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.