April 8, 2004
PROTECTION DIVISION CHARGES ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BUILDER
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division has issued a cease and desist
order against an unregistered home builder who it alleges took
money from a customer to build a custom home in violation of Maryland
law and never began construction. The Divisionís ex parte cease
and desist order immediately bars Seisman and Leedom, Inc. from
acting or offering to act as a home builder in the State of Maryland
and requires them to refund the consumerís deposit.
to the administrative Statement of Charges filed by the Division,
John Seisman and Leedom, Inc. t/a MODULARHOMEXPRESS.COM of Annapolis,
Maryland, agreed to construct a modular home in Beltsville, Maryland.
Seisman accepted $13,723 in partial payment from the consumer
the $137,230 house and promised to begin construction. To date,
Seisman and Leedom, Inc. have not begun construction of the home.
Maryland law, home builders must be registered before they can
enter into contracts to build homes for consumers, and they must
protect a customerís deposit until the house is completed or they
refund the deposit,Ē said Attorney General Curran.
Division alleges that Seisman and Leedom, Inc. violated the Maryland
Home Protection Act by failing to place the $13,723 into an
escrow account or having a surety bond to cover the deposit.
further alleges that Seisman and Leedom, Inc. violated the
Home Builder Registration Act by acting as a home builder without
registered with the Home Builder Registration Unit of the Consumer
Protection Division, and that they violated the Consumer Protection
Act by failing to build the house as promised. Seismanís previous
application to register Anchor Development Corporation as a home
builder in the State of Maryland was denied by the Division.
Division is seeking civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation
against Seisman and Leedom, Inc. and an order requiring them
to pay restitution to any other consumers who have been harmed
unlawful practices. Seisman and Leedom may also request a
hearing on the Divisionís ex parte order.
public hearing on the charges will be held at the Maryland Office
of Administrative Hearings,
11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, Md on May 18, 2004. Consumers
who may have had problems with John Seisman and Leedom, Inc.
to call the Home Builder Registration Unit immediately at (410)
576-6573 or toll-free 1-877-259-4525.