Charges Filed Against Carroll County Plumber for Deceiving Consumers
All State Plumbing employees lacked required licenses, failed to schedule inspections
Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2012) - Maryland Attorney Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division filed charges against a Carroll County plumber and his two companies, which sent employees who were not licensed plumbers into consumers' homes to perform plumbing work, and charged fees for permits that were never obtained and inspections that were never performed.
The Division alleges that Wayne Garrity Sr., of Hampstead and his companies, All State Plumbing, Inc. and All State Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., deceived consumers and operated in violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act by performing plumbing services without being properly licensed and charging customers for permits that were either not obtained in advance or not at all.
The Division alleges Garrity or his employees have violated regulations for installing gas or electric water heaters, by failing to secure required permits and failing to schedule a post-installation inspection, for hundreds of jobs in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Washington counties, and Baltimore city. Consumers who had water heaters installed in their homes were usually charged $150 for the permits that were never obtained or the inspections that never took place. The Division also alleges Garrity and his companies failed to obtain permits when replacing pipes and water fixtures, and when performing other plumbing services.
The Consumer Protection Division is seeking an order requiring Garrity and his companies to immediately cease and desist from selling and providing plumbing services unless required licenses and inspections are obtained and performed. The Division is also seeking the return of all monies paid by consumers for the unlicensed plumbing services that have been performed and permits that were not obtained.
Consumers with complaints against Mr. Garrity or either of his companies may 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.
A hearing on the Statement of Charges is scheduled for May 22-23 at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Attorney General Gansler urges consumers to contact the Consumer Protection Division and the Maryland Board of Plumbing before hiring people to perform plumbing work to check their license status and whether any complaints have been lodged against them.