All State Plumbing Inc. and All State Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. and their owner, Wayne Garrity of Hampstead, also charged consumers fees for permits that were never obtained and failed to schedule required inspections, according to a final order issued by the attorney generalís Consumer Protection Division.
Garrity and his companies must return all payments from consumers for unlicensed plumbing services and un-issued permits, with an initial restitution payment of $250,000, the attorney generalís office said Wednesday. The order also requires payment of a civil penalty of $707,900 and costs of $65,129.54.
"This plumber played by his own set of rules and took advantage of unsuspecting consumers," Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said in a statement. "The severe penalty reflects the known extent of the violations and the large number of consumers who were harmed by this illicit business."