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Homebuilder gets suspended sentence

June 03, 1999

A custom homebuilder was given a three-month suspended jail sentence for breach of trust Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court for violating the Maryland real property laws.

Shirley W. McCleaf, 54, of 130 Linden Ave., Mercersburg, Pa., is a custom homebuilder in Washington County trading as Maidstone Homes, according to court records.

At McCleaf's February trial, several area subcontractors testified before Judge Donald Beachley that they did work at 18710 North Village for the homeowners, Kevin and Michael Stouffer, and were never paid.

The Stouffers had evidence they made a large payment to McCleaf for the purpose of paying subcontractors and that she didn't use the money for that purpose.

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It was that failure that Beachley found was criminal in nature when he ruled on April 9 that McCleaf was guilty.

Tuesday, Beachley imposed the suspended jail sentence, ordered McCleaf to pay $8,995 to the Stouffers and to perform 75 hours of community service, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Joe Michael who prosecuted McCleaf.

McCleaf was also placed on probation for three years.

The maximum penalty provided under this law is one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

- Marlo Barnhart

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