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Office of Consumer Protection Takes Legal Action Regarding Unscrupulous Contractors

The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection filed criminal charges against three unscrupulous contractors on behalf of several groups of consumers who collectively lost thousands of dollars on cases dating back 10 years. The Montgomery County Office of the State’s Attorney prosecuted these cases and obtained restitution for the victims.

“Our office has the authority to issue civil citations for violations of Montgomery County’s Consumer Protection Law prohibiting unfair and deceptive trade practices,” said OCP Director Eric Friedman. “In addition, our investigators file Applications for Statement of Charges with court commissioners when we have evidence that a merchant has stolen money from consumers or has violated a law for which there is a criminal penalty.”

The cases included:

• Unlicensed home improvement contractor KAX LLC received $25,000 from a Rockville consumer to enlarge the basement of a single-family house