The judge ordered Lomax to participate in a gambling addiction program for the full length of his probation. She also ordered that he not own any business or work in any heating or cooling work.
Lomax must work, however, and pay at least $520 monthly toward restitution for the victims. Because Lomax was also ordered to never contact any of the victims in any way, including through social media, the probation department will administer that money.
Bailey also ordered that Lomax write letters of apology to each victim, and the probation officer will deliver those if appropriate.
"While we don't see any crimes of violence here, we have victims of your conduct," the judge said. "I tried to imagine the person who could take advantage of this elderly person to the point I'd consider it abuse -- totally dishonestly and the theft of her money for services that were never intended to be performed."
Lomax inherited Lomax Heating and Cooling from his father, and his attorney said he ran the company successfully for a time.
Public Defender Barbara Brown said, "But he hit a snag. His wife got multiple sclerosis and he has a gambling problem. He was overwhelmed.
"It's not an excuse, judge, but we're trying to explain how it can happen," she said. "And that slide took innocent victims."
Lomax said he is a former Eagle Scout and church deacon with no other criminal background.
"I'm sorry for my wrongdoings and the hardship on their part," he said.
Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at cher...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4832.