Bryan Cohen Sep. 9, 2013, 5:39pm

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced a lawsuit Friday against an appliance repair company and its owner for allegedly failing to deliver, selling unnecessary services and making misrepresentations to customers.

David Lee Mansel Jr., doing business as Maryland Appliance Repair Co. and In Home Appliance Repair, allegedly took thousands of dollars from Maryland consumers without performing promised appliance repair services. Mansel allegedly collected deposits from consumers for appliance repair services and parts his company failed to perform and for unneeded repairs.

Mansel also allegedly failed to obtain the required license for performing HVAC services in Maryland. Consumers can check with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to determine the license status of contractors in Maryland prior to hiring them.

Gansler's Consumer Protection Division seeks an injunction to prevent Mansel from violating Maryland law and an order requiring the return of all payments collected from consumers for unwarranted repairs, unperformed repairs and for unlicensed HVAC services. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties and attorney costs.

A hearing on the matter before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings is scheduled for Dec. 10.

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