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DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

 

2013 Wall of Shame - Top Ten Home Improvement Scammers - Maryland Home Improvement Commission

 

Tommy Edward Clack is a convicted felon who is incarcerated for ripping off homeowners in Maryland by offering on-the-spot driveway asphalt services. From Florida to Maryland, Clack targeted senior citizens by offering super low prices only to demand exorbitant fees once the work started. Clack was prosecuted or faces criminal charges in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's and Queen Anne's Counties and was sentenced to 2 years in jail. In addition, he was ordered to pay $66,000 in restitution to victims in Anne Arundel County. Additional criminal charges are pending.

Christopher David Manion was ordered to spend over 35 years in jail after he was convicted in 2013 of defrauding homeowners of more than $442,000. Manion operated his unlicensed home improvement business in Calvert, Charles, Prince George's and St. Mary's Counties. Additional charges are pending.

Charles Melvin Taylor, Jr. was a licensed home improvement contractor who preyed upon homeowners following a tornado that swept through Southern Maryland. In 2013, Taylor pled guilty to 47 counts of home improvement crimes and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $332,700.

Gregory Haigis and Scott Huff operated Arundel Home Connections, which they used to rip off homeowners by failing to complete major home improvement projects. One homeowner's residence was condemned and demolished after he hired Haigis and Huff; others were left with only a shell.

Asia Broadway, III has a MHIC complaint history dating back to 2005. Since then, he has been prosecuted in 6 different counties and in 2011 was ordered to spend 12 years in jail for obtaining property of a vulnerable adult after he swindled homeowners in home improvement scams. He typically took deposits and then failed to do any work.

Craig John Oliver is a convicted felon who defrauded 68 homeowners in Maryland and Virginia of more than $2.5 million by charging for home improvement services that he never completed. Oliver failed to appear in court in 2006 as scheduled, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Since 2006, Oliver has been a fugitive from justice and has been featured on the television programs America's Most Wanted and American Greed, as well as the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Edward Ernest Sheeks, Jr. operated B & D Home Improvement that he used to swindle homeowners. In 2013, he was convicted of theft over $10,000 and related home improvement crimes and was sentenced to 15 years in jail and ordered to pay $238,966 to his victims.

James Smith operated Alpine Outdoor Construction, a licensed MHIC business. After his MHIC license was suspended, Smith continued to operate his home improvement business. He entered into contracts with homeowners to build decks and patios and often failed to complete his jobs. He even misrepresented his business by using other contractors' MHIC licenses. He is currently on probation after serving time in jail.

Troy Landon Collins operated Tidewater Restoration. In 2012, he was ordered to serve two 10-year sentences in jail for theft from homeowners while acting as a contractor without a license.