(March 8, 2019) Several Ocean Pines homeowners have justice against an unlicensed contractor who accepted payment for landscaping and home improvement that wasn’t completed.

Pasco “Patrick” Allen, 47, of Berlin, faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison after being convicted Feb. 26 in Worcester County Circuit Court on one count of obtaining property by deception of a vulnerable adult and three counts of failing to perform a contract. The sentencing phase of this case was deferred to allow Allen to pay more than $4,000 in restitution to the victims.

Allen will learn his fate on May 14 at 9:30 a.m. in Worcester County Circuit Court.

The charges stemmed from complaints residents filed with the Ocean Pines Police Department from October 2017 and June 2018 claiming they paid Allen for unfinished work. Several complainants were over the age of 68, which made them vulnerable adults. Further investigation determined Allen isn’t licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to perform home improvement work as required by law.

Allen initially faced 29 separate charges, including eight counts of acting as a contractor without a license. But those charges weren’t pursued.

In a statement, Worcester County State’s Attorney Kristin Heiser urged county residents to research everyone they hire to handle home improvement work. “Empowering our citizens to use these resources to educate themselves on an individual’s criminal history and licensing status is an important part of the mission of the State’s Attorney’s Office,” Heiser said.

“We are working every day to raise awareness about these types of financial crimes and predators and what individual citizens can do to protect themselves from future victimization.”

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