Business, Crime

Charges filed against Baltimore County home builder for committing consumer protection violations

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced that the Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against Trak Homes LLC, trading as Zander Homes, along with Alexander Trakhtman, both of Baltimore County, for violations of the Consumer Protection Act, Custom Home Protection Act, and New Home Deposits Act. The Division also filed charges against Regina Trakhtman for violations of …


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Attorney General Brown announces charges against Maryland home improvement contractor

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced that the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) has filed charges against Optimum Construction, Inc. and its owner, Amr (Omar) Elrahimy. The charges allege that Optimum Construction took large deposits from consumers for home improvement services, such as kitchen and bath renovations or repairs, but failed to provide the promised goods and services. …


Louisville Naval Museum Inc. ordered to stop soliciting in Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown and Secretary of State Susan C. Lee this week announced that a Cease and Desist Order has been issued against Louisville Naval Museum, Inc., a Kentucky-based charitable organization, requiring that the organization end charitable soliciting in the State of Maryland. The organization has also operated under the names P-520 and the Veterans Heritage …

Report: Health Education and Advocacy Unit saves over $3.3 million for Maryland patients

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown recently announced that the Health Education and Advocacy Unit (HEAU) within his Consumer Protection Division closed 2,037 cases in Fiscal Year 2023, helping patients save or recover over $3.3 million dollars, including more than $2.6 million in appeals and grievances cases. The information was included as a part of the comprehensive Annual Report …

Attorney General Brown charges Harford County home builder with violating laws protecting home buyers

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown announced this week that the Consumer Protection Division’s Home Builder Registration Unit filed charges against Korey Homes Building Group, LLC, and its principals, Kenneth W. Smith and his son, Korey Wayne Smith, for failing to comply with the Consumer Protection Act, New Home Deposits Act, Custom Home Protection Act, and Home Builder Registration …

AT&T, Cricket violated Consumer Protection Act in sales of cellphones during merger; finding upheld by Appellate Court of Maryland

BALITMORE, MD—The Appellate Court of Maryland has upheld a Final Order issued by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division finding that AT&T and Cricket Wireless engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices, in violation of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, when they sold Cricket cellphones that they knew would stop working after Cricket and AT&T entered into a corporate merger …

Attorney General Brown announces settlement with CarMax over its alleged failure to disclose vehicles’ open recalls

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown has announced that the Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with CarMax, Inc. over its alleged failure to disclose open safety recalls on the used vehicles it offered and sold. The CPD alleged that CarMax’s failure to disclose the recall status was an unfair and deceptive trade practice in violation of the …

Maryland Attorney General’s Office joins effort combatting elder financial abuse

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Anthony G. Brown this week joined other state officials and consumer protection groups to launch PROTECT Week, a statewide awareness and public education campaign focused on protecting older Americans and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. PROTECT Week is an annual initiative anchored around Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th. One in five seniors over age 65 …