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For Immediate Release

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

Attorney General Gansler Files Charges Against St. Mary's County Homebuilder

BALTIMORE, MD ( April 18, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division's Home Builder Registration Unit has filed charges against Bayfront Group, Inc. and Shipyard Development, LLC of Mechanicsville, and their owners for failing to comply with Maryland's Home Builder Registration Act, Consumer Protection Act, New Home Deposits Act, and Custom Home Protection Act.

            The Home Builder Registration Unit filed a statement of charges alleging the builders and their owners, Ronald and Kristine Talton, accepted deposits and payments from consumers in St. Mary's County and then failed to complete construction of the homes, pay subcontractors, or refund deposits and advance payments made by consumers.  The charges also allege the companies failed to disclose to the Unit lawsuits filed by consumers and subcontractors concerning the companies' building activities.  A hearing on the statement of charges is scheduled for June 24, 2011 at the Office of Administrative Hearings.  The Home Builder Registration Unit is seeking injunctive relief, restitution, damages, and civil penalties against the builders for the alleged violations of the law.  
           
“The law in Maryland is very clear:  home builders must 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 fail to properly handle consumer deposits and who do not operate their businesses fairly and honestly.”

            Consumers who may have had problems with homes built by Bayfront Group, Inc. , Shipyard Development, LLC, or other builders should contact the Home Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573 or toll free at (877) 259-4525.  Consumers can also email the Unit at homebuilder@oag.state.md.us.  They can also check to see if a builder is registered with the Unit at www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder or by contacting the Home Builder Registration Unit.   

   

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