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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Attorney General Gansler Files Charges Against Altieri Homes and Associated Companies
Homebuilder Allegedly Accepted Deposits and Failed to Build Homes

BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that the Home Builder Registration Unit of the Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Altieri Enterprises, Inc. t/a Altieri Homes, Athlone, LLC of Columbia, Altieri Homes at Castle in the Woods, LLC, R & L Livezey, LLC, and Milltown, LLC of Columbia for failing to comply with Maryland’s Home Builder Registration Act, New Home Deposits Act, Consumer Protection Act, and Custom Home Protection Act.

The Home Builder Registration Unit suspended the registration of Athlone, LLC and charged each company and their principals, Greig Altieri, Daren Altieri, Frank Altieri, Todd Altieri, and Wendy Altieri with accepting payments from consumers in Howard and Harford counties and then failing to construct the homes, pay subcontractors, or refund payments made by consumers. The companies also failed to disclose to the Home Builder Registration Unit lawsuits filed by consumers and subcontractors concerning the companies’ building activities. The Unit is seeking injunctive relief, restitution, costs, damages, and civil penalties against the builder for the alleged violations of the law.

“The law in Maryland requires new home builders to honor their commitments to home buyers and properly use their deposits and payments,” said Attorney General Gansler. “My office will seek severe sanctions against builders who operate without being registered or fail to properly handle consumer deposits.”

Consumers who have had problems with homes built by Altieri Homes, Athlone, Altieri Homes at Castle in the Woods, R & L Livezey, Milltown or other builders should contact the Home Builder Regstration Unit at 410-576-6573 in Baltimore or toll free at 877-259-4525. Consumers can also email the Unit at homebuilder@oag.state.md.us. To determine if a builder is registered with the Unit, visit www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder or contact the Home Builder Registration Unit by telephone.


   

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