Attorney General Gansler Issues Cease and Desist
Order Against Contractor
Baltimore, MD (December 5, 2008)- Maryland Attorney Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has
issued a cease and desist order requiring Kenneth F. Reed to pay
restitution to consumers and to stop selling agricultural improvement
goods and services in Maryland. Mr. Reed collected payments from
consumers to renovate poultry houses and after being paid he started,
but never completed, the projects.
The Consumer Protection Division determined that Mr. Reed violated
the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by selling agricultural improvement
goods and services
that he did not provide and by failing to refund customers’ payments. The
Division’s cease and desist order immediately bars Mr. Reed from selling
agricultural improvement goods and services in Maryland unless he provides the
Division a $100,000 surety bond. The Division also ordered Mr. Reed to return
all of the money he took from consumers for services he did not provide. The
Division found that at least two consumers are owed at least $73,035.44. Mr.
Reed has 30 days to request a hearing to challenge the Division’s order.
"Mr. Reed has been ordered to return the monies he took for services he
did not perform. He has also been ordered to be bonded before offering his services
in the future," said Attorney General Gansler. Attorney General Gansler
urges consumers to contact the Consumer Protection Division and the Home Improvement
Commission before hiring a contractor to see if there have been any complaints
filed against the contractor and to check to see if the contractor is licensed.
Consumers who purchased, but did not receive goods or services from Kenneth F.
Reed 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,