Attorney General Orders Montgomery County
Home Builder To Pay Restitution
Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division
has issued an order requiring a Montgomery
County home builder to pay restitution and damages totaling $673,854.62
to six consumers, $122,000 in penalties and $7,925.25 in costs.
The builder, Sharon Dujon, doing business as Dujon Home Concepts,
formerly operated from her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, and
from an office located at 7826 Eastern Avenue, N.W., Washington,
D.C., which is now closed. Ms. Dujon contracted to build, but either
never commenced or failed to complete, at least six homes that
were to be built in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
The Division found
that Ms. Dujon violated the Home Builder Registration Act when
she fraudulently obtained her home builder registration
by failing to disclose to the Consumer Protection Division prior
bankruptcies and judgments that had been entered against her. The
Division found that Ms. Dujon further violated the Home Builder
Registration Act, and also the Consumer Protection Act, Custom
Home Protection Act and New Home Deposits Act by engaging in poor
workmanship; accepting payments from consumers and failing to build
their homes; failing to escrow or otherwise protect consumers’ deposits
and other payments; and failing to include required disclosures
and certifications in her building contracts.
The order bars Ms.
Dujon from acting as a home builder in Maryland again unless
she becomes properly registered with the Division’s
Home Builder Registration Unit, provides the Division with a $400,000
surety bond to protect consumers, and complies with Maryland law.
The order also requires Ms. Dujon to identify any other consumers
with whom she did business and to pay restitution to the Division
equal to any payments she may have accepted from consumers for
work she did not perform.
“The decision to build a new home is a huge investment
- both financially and emotionally,” said Attorney General
Gansler. “My office will not tolerate home builders who take
consumers’ money and do not provide the services for which
they were paid. Home builders must follow the law or face the consequences.”
Consumers can check
whether their builder is registered and how the builder is protecting
their deposits by contacting the Home
Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573 in Baltimore or toll
free at (877) 259-4525, or by checking the Attorney General’s
Website at www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.