City of Petersburg tells former resident she owes water bill six years after she moved

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Pamela Epps lived in Petersburg until she moved away 2010. She still owned the home but rented it out to someone else.

When Epps left the home she had the utilities turned off and her name taken off the account. Now, six years later, she receives a letter from the city saying a lien is being issued.

“I wanted to know what was going on … Why would I get a bill after six years?” said Epps.

She went down to speak with the city where they provided her with a paper which shows her final read and lock date being November 16th, 2010.

“What I was told when I went down there is someone called and told them to turn the water back on, in my name,” said Epps.

Who was that person? She says the city did not know.

“I asked them, ‘you asked for no ID, no deposit?’ They said, ‘no,’ and I didn’t know it worked like that. When I got my water on I had to take an ID down there and a deposit,” she explained.

Epps checked with the person who was renting her house, Bernita Gary, who just last year purchased the home from Epps and has been paying her own water bill for the last six years since she moved in. She even showed 8News her check registrar where she had been writing utility checks to the city.

“I just recently paid a $119 bill,” Gray said.

Epps says she is not planning on paying a bill she believes she doesn’t owe.

“I’m not doing it, the somebody that called, Mr. Somebody, need to pay that bill. Pam Epps is not paying it,” she insisted.

8News called the City Managers Office. They told us they are aware of the issue and looking into it.

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