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AG Gansler's Consumer Protection Division Charges Anne Arundel Builder
34 other violators agree to pay penalties totaling almost $30k

Baltimore, MD (Nov. 26, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division's Home Builder Registration Unit filed charges against Fusion Modular Green Construction, LLC, and its owners, Joshua Samuel Sims and William E. Sims III, for failing to comply with Maryland's Home Builder Registration Act, Custom Home Protection Act, and Consumer Protection Act.

The Home Builder Registration Unit (HBRU) filed a statement of charges against the company and its owners for accepting deposits and payments from at least three consumers in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and then failing to begin or complete construction of the homes, pay subcontractors, or refund the deposits and other advance payments paid by consumers. The builder also failed to disclose to the HBRU lawsuits filed by subcontractors concerning the company's building activities. 

A hearing on the statement of charges is scheduled for January 24, 2014 at the Office of Administrative Hearings. The HBRU is seeking to prevent the builder from engaging in deceptive trade practices, as well as restitution, damages and civil penalties for the alleged violations.
  
"Maryland law is very clear: home builders must protect deposits and they must honor their commitments to home buyers," said Attorney General Gansler.  "Our 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 this or other builders should contact the HBRU at 410-576-6573 or toll free at 877-259-4525. Consumers can also email the unit at homebuilder@oag.state.md.us.

Separately, the Unit  entered into settlements with 34 home builders who have agreed to pay penalties totaling $29,350 to resolve allegations that they violated various Maryland building laws, including operating without being registered or failing to disclose required information to the HBRU in their registration applications.

The settlement agreements were made with the following builders:

B & L Construction

Worcester County

Bayside Homes Limited

Harford County

Brown's Hollow, LLC

Prince George's County

Crane Homes LLC

Montgomery County

David Russell Builders, LLC

St. Mary's County

DCWORKS, INC.

Montgomery County

DDE, Inc., d/b/a Southern MD Homes

St. Mary's County

Generation Contracting Inc.

Cecil County

George W. Hott Jr. t/a Sonny's Construction

West Virginia

Grigsby Construction LLC

Charles County

Hawkeye Construction, LLC

Baltimore City

Horizons Unlimited Home Impro., Inc.

Howard County

James E. La Rue, Inc

Delaware

Jeffrey Maunes

Pennsylvania

Joseph Marslett t/a East Coast Log Homes

Delaware

Judy's Mobile Homes, Inc.

West Virginia

Knappworks, LLC

Talbot County

Leach, Inc.

Montgomery County

Lockwood Builders Inc.

Delaware

Maxwell's Grant, LLC

Montgomery County

Nevin D. Woodward Inc.

Anne Arundel County

Parkwood Homes, LTD

Montgomery County

Peksa Custom Homes, Inc

St. Mary's County

Richard Garnett Chavatel

Baltimore County

Shelley Homes, LLC

Baltimore County

Stephen C. Doyle Construction, Inc.

Delaware

Tetra-Con, LLC

Montgomery County

The Modular Building Company LLC

Anne Arundel County

Thomas H. Ruark Inc.

Wicomico County

Truhome Builders, Inc.

St. Mary's County

Warren Brothers Construction, LLC

Prince George's County

William Morris Homes, LLC

Anne Arundel County

Woodwind Construction LLC

Frederick County

Yerkes Construction Co., LLC

Kent County

Attorney General Gansler encourages new home buyers to check whether their builder is registered by contacting the Home Builder Registration Unit at 410-576-6573 or 877-259-4525, or by visiting www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.

   

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