The owners of a Kent County homebuilder company must pay $75,000 in restitution to homeowners who complained of shoddy work as part of a Delaware Department of Justice cease and desist order, according to the Attorney General’s Office.


The owners of a Kent County homebuilder company must pay $75,000 in restitution to homeowners who complained of shoddy work as part of a Delaware Department of Justice cease and desist order, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Under the terms of the order, five Delaware homeowners will receive restitution, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit said Monday.

The order requires Richard and Rosemary Aslin, who conducted business as Aslin, Inc. and Simpson Log Homes, to pay restitution and to cease unlawful construction practices, Department of Justice spokesman Jason P. Miller said.

The Aslins’ Kent County homebuilding company specialized in selling custom-built and pre-fabricated log homes, Miller said in Monday’s press release.

Aslin, Inc. and Simpson Log Homes are no longer operating. However, Richard and Rosemary Aslin are operating a log home building company called Lockwood Building and Supply in Dover.

Reached at Lockwood Building, Rosemary Aslin referred the Dover Post to attorney Lou Rizzo for questions. Rizzo did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

On Feb. 26, 2009, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit filed a civil lawsuit in Delaware Superior Court following its investigation of multiple homebuyer complaints alleging fraud and substandard construction practices against Aslin Inc. and Simpson Log Homes, according to the cease and desist agreement reached pursuant to state law. The lawsuit alleged that the Aslins, through their companies Aslin, Inc. and Simpson Log Homes, violated Delaware’s Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices statutes.

The Cease and Desist Order, which the defendants have agreed to, resolves the pending lawsuit.  Both Richard and Rosemary Aslin signed the state order on Friday.