Consumer Protection Violations Filed Against Howard Co. Home Builder

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HOWARD COUNTY, MD – A Howard County homebuilder has been charged with consumer protection violations by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh. According to Frosh, Finish Werks Corp. and Finish Werks Custom Builders, Inc. and their manager, William Karl Woodward of Howard County, failed to comply with the Consumer Protection Act, New Homes Deposits Act, and Custom Home Protection Act.

Frosh noted that Finish Werks has accepted thousands of dollars from consumers who contracted with the companies to build custom homes in Maryland but did not complete construction of those homes. The charges allege that Woodward and Finish Werks violated laws protecting new home buyers in Maryland by, among other things, breaching the trust created for the benefit of the buyer, misappropriating money paid by consumers to Finish Werks, making false and misleading statements, and failure to state material facts.

The charges also allege that Finish Werks and its principal failed to include required disclosures in consumer contracts and included provisions inconsistent with required disclosures.

A hearing on the Statement of Charges against Finish Werks and Woodward will be held on August 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings.

The Office of the Attorney General encourages buyers to verify whether or not their builder is registered by calling or visiting www.marylandattorneygeneral.go….

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