Consumer Protection Division Issues Cease and Desist
Against Home Improvement Contractor
BALTIMORE, MD (June 7, 2007) - Maryland Attorney Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has issued
a cease and desist order against Robert E. Lee, 55, of Bowie, for
collecting payments from consumers for home improvement services
that he either never completed, or in some cases, never began.
The cease and desist order requires Lee to pay restitution to consumers
and to stop selling home improvement services in Maryland.
The Consumer Protection
Division determined that Lee, who did business as Razorback Builders
and Brighter Solutions, violated
the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by selling home improvement
services that he did not provide and by failing to refund customers’ payments.
The Division’s cease and desist order immediately bars Lee
from selling home improvement services in Maryland unless he provides
the Division a $40,000 surety bond. Lee was also ordered to return
all of the money he took from consumers for services he did not
provide. The Division found that at least nine consumers are owed
a minimum of $45,713, and has ordered Mr. Lee to return this money
plus any additional monies he has taken from consumers for services
that he did not provide. Mr. Lee has 30 days to request a hearing
to challenge the Division’s order.
“This contractor will no longer be able to take advantage
of consumers,” said Attorney General Gansler. “Prior
to hiring a home improvement contractor, consumers should contact
the Consumer Protection Division and Home Improvement Commission
to see if the contractor is licensed or if they have had complaints
filed against them.”
Consumers who purchased, but did not receive goods or services
from Robert E. Lee and his company, Razorback Builders and Brighter
Solutions, should call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569
or write to the Consumer Protection Division at 200 St. Paul Place,
16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.