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Wicomico Home Builder Fined After Defrauding Six Families

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BALTIMORE, Md. - A Wicomico County home builder has been ordered to pay more than $524,000 after state officials say he defrauded six families who hired him.

According to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, his Consumer Protection Division found that Bryan Edward Adkins t/a Atlantic Bay Homes entered into contracts with those families to build homes in Wicomico and Dorchester Counties, and then either failed to begin or complete construction, pay subcontractors or return money paid by the families. The attorney general's office said Adkins did take substantial deposits and payments from the consumers, in two cases taking more than $170,000 and then failing to provide anything of value.

The division's final order stated that Adkins violated the Consumer Protection Act and other laws protecting new home purchasers in Maryland, and he will be required to pay restitution, economic damages, penalties and costs, amounting to $524,185.35. 

Adkins is banned from acting as a home builder in the state of Maryland unless he meets requirements set under Maryland’s Home Builder Registration Act.

In addition, the defrauded consumers are eligible for recovery from the Home Builder Guaranty Fund for their actual losses resulting from the builder’s failure to complete their homes. Under Maryland law, consumers may seek recovery from the Guaranty Fund for actual losses of up to $50,000.00 resulting from the failure of a registered builder to complete their home.

The attorney general encourages new home buyers to check whether their builder is registered by contacting the Division’s Home Builder Registration Unit at (410) 576-6573 or toll-free at (877) 259-4525, or by visiting www.oag.state.md.us/homebuilder.  New home buyers may also verify whether builders have a surety bond or letter of credit by contacting the Home Builder Registration Unit.

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