BALTIMORE — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with Serenity Investments, LLC, Crab Alley, LLC, (listed at 232 Shipping Creek Drive, Stevensville);JSE Investment Properties, LLC, and their principal Sandra S. Eshelman (Serenity Homes)(all listed at 322 Serenity Lane, Chester) who built homes in Maryland. The settlement addresses charges that Serenity Homes violated the Consumer Protection Act and related home builder laws by accepting thousands of dollars from consumers, but, in some instances, either failing to begin or complete construction of their homes or failing to repair defects in some of the homes.
According to the Statement of Charges, Serenity Homes violated the laws protecting new home purchasers in Maryland by, among other things, breaching the trust created for the benefit of the buyer, and misappropriating the money paid by consumers. The charges also allege that Serenity Homes used contracts that lacked required disclosures and notices. Additionally, the charges allege JSE Investment Properties, LLC, entered into a contract to build a new home in Maryland without registering as a home builder.