MHIC Consumer Protection Investigation Leads to Jail Time for Asia Broadway, III


CUMBERLAND, MD (June 29, 2011) - Asia Broadway, III was sentenced today in Allegany County following a guilty plea to various charges that stemmed from an investigation by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) - a commission of the Maryland Department of Labor (DLLR). Kevin Niebuhn led the investigation for MHIC and testified before the grand jury that eventually brought forth formal charges. Broadway was sentenced to 12 years at the Department of Corrections, with 4 years suspended, and with 3 years of supervised probation upon release, and was ordered to pay restitution.

"The Maryland Department of Labor stands up for consumers," said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. "I applaud Kevin Niebuhn and the Maryland Home Improvement Commission for their work on this case and hope the consequences deter those who would attempt to scam Maryland's consumers."

“Mr. Broadway is a serious threat to homeowners because he took deposits and did little or no work, including at the homes of elderly persons,” said Maryland Occupational and Professional Licensing Commission Stanley Botts. “We are pleased that the Office of the State’s Attorney and the court took these criminal charges seriously and has put Mr. Broadway out of business for a long time.”

Broadway is currently incarcerated in Montgomery County for a violation of probation resulting from a home improvement case. Broadway faces additional charges of violating probation in Allegany County and acting as a contractor without a license, failure to perform a contract and theft in Carroll County.

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