Building Contractors Charged with Operating Without a Contractor's License, Theft

LA PLATA, Md. (April 16, 2012)—Charles County Sheriff's detectives recently charged two building contractors from D&M Construction with operating without a license and theft.

Christopher David Manion, 38, of North Beach, and Albert Lester Styles, 48, of Dunkirk, were recently issued summons in lieu of arrest stemming from cases in which they were paid in advance to do home renovations but failed to perform the work.

In one case, Manion and Styles were paid approximately $3,400 to repair a roof. The check was cashed but they never reported to the house to fix the roof. In another case, Manion and Styles were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over a two year period to renovate a couple's home but they never completed the work. In fact, the victims in this case were left without heat for two years and are still unable to use portions of their house. Evidence shows Manion and Styles cashed checks the couple gave them to buy materials, cabinets, and fixtures yet records show they never delivered the items to the couple. In yet another case, Manion and Styles were paid $2,154 in February of 2011 for a bathroom renovation; to this day, they have not showed up to do the work.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating multiple theft complaints regarding D&M Construction. Any Charles County resident who has done business with D7M Construction and believes they have been scammed is asked to call (301) 609-6436. Residents in other counties should contact their local law enforcement agency.

Source: Charles County Sheriff's Office

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