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Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

Leggett Announces Collaborative Effort to Crack Down on Unlicensed Home Contractors

Friday, June 6, 2014; 10 a.m.

 

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will announce a collaborative effort by Montgomery County Police, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, the Department of Natural Resources and the police departments of neighboring jurisdictions to crack down on unlicensed home improvement contractors who victimize unsuspecting homeowners. Joining Leggett will be Montgomery County Police Lieutenant Michael Hartnett, Deputy State’s Attorney John Maloney, Department of Natural Resources Lieutenant Joe Offer and Office of Consumer Protection Director Eric Friedman. A representative from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Maryland Home Improvement Commission will also participate.

The event will take place at the home of Selma Nootenboom, a senior citizen who is legally blind and hard of hearing. She hired an unlicensed contractor to cut branches from a tree and was bilked out of a couple thousand dollars for work that was poorly performed.

NOTES on other victims: According to Montgomery County Police, a victim in Chevy Chase paid $80,000 to four different contractors to perform the same job. A woman in the down County area is out $160,000 after paying for three roof jobs (that don’t match) and an assortment of tree-related cutting and trimming. An elderly resident is out $240,000 after paying for work at his home and has little to show for it.

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