FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael A. Undorf, Deputy Attorney General
Consumer Protection Unit
Phone: (302) 577-8924
Date: October 18, 2002
Attorney General's Office Enters into Consent Order with Wilmington Landlord
Pokorny Agrees to Remedies and Restitution Payments
(Wilmington, DE): Attorney General M. Jane Brady announces that her Consumer Protection Unit has entered into a Stipulation and Consent Order to Cease and Desist with Wilmington landlord, Adolph J. Pokorny. Judge Alex Smalls of the Court of Common Pleas signed the order that requires Pokorny to:
Tenants who are due restitution will be contacted by the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit staff.
Attorney General Brady commented, "I'm very pleased with the terms of this Consent Order. I trust in the future that Mr. Pokorny will take his tenant's concerns seriously without the need for State intervention, but we stand ready to assist tenants if necessary."
Rashida Jenkins, a former tenant of Pokorny who will receive restitution under this agreement is, "pleased with the settlement," but added that she is, "glad I'm not still a tenant of his."
Christopher Bell, another former tenant said he was, "very happy with the resolution. This seems to be a penalty with some bite to it. I gave up on the hope of ever seeing my money from this landlord and this is like pennies from heaven. I know many tenants who can tell horror stories about this landlord. I hope that this order sends a message to Pokorny that the City of Wilmington is taking note of tenant complaints and the State is working to enforce the landlord-tenant code."
Pokorny was charged with violations of the Delaware Landlord Tenant Code, the Consumer Fraud Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The Stipulation and Consent Order to Cease and Desist was entered in the Court of Common Pleas as a result of Pokorny's appeal after a ruling in favor of the State in the Justice of the Peace Court. In addition to restitution, Pokorny is ordered to pay civil penalties, costs and attorneys fees.