December 30, 2004
PROTECTION DIVISION ENTERS INTO SETTLEMENTS WITH THREE UNREGISTERED
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer Protection
Division has entered into settlement agreements
with three home builders who have agreed to pay a total of $7,000
to settle allegations that they violated building laws and operated
without being registered with Curran’s Home Builder Registration
settlement is with Bethel Design Construction, Inc., Bethel Regency
Homes, LLC, and their owner, Olugboyega Olufemi Odubanjo,
of Beltsville, Maryland. The Division alleged that Bethel Design
Construction, Inc. acted as a builder without being registered
and that Bethel Regency Homes, LLC fraudulently attempted to
obtain a registration.
second settlement is with Joseph D. Fluri of Timonium, Maryland.
The Division alleged that Fluri acted as a new home builder
without being registered and falsified a land owner’s affirmation
indicating that he was building the home for his own residence.
The third settlement is with Cornerstone Home Builders, Inc.
t/a Hoffman Design-Build of Woodstock, Maryland, whom the Division
alleges also acted as a new home builder without being registered.
company entered into an Assurance of Discontinuance with the
Division prohibiting it from acting as a home builder in
unless registered with the Home Builder Registration Unit.
The Assurances also require the companies to submit to arbitration
regarding consumer complaints arising prior to the date of
Assurances that cannot be resolved through mediation, using
the Division’s arbitration program. Joseph D. Fluri and Cornerstone
Home Builders, Inc. each agreed to pay penalties of $1,000 to the
Division and Bethel Design Construction, Inc., Bethel Regency Homes,
LLC, and Olugboyega Olufemi Odubanjo agreed to jointly pay penalties
Under Maryland law, home builders must be registered before they
can enter into contracts to build homes for consumers," Curran
said. He encouraged new home buyers to check whether their builders
are registered by contacting the Division’s Home Builder
Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573 or toll-free at (877) 259-4525,
or by visiting the Attorney General’s website at www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.