N.D. attorney general issues cease and desist orders
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today issued cease and desist orders against David Alderman and Chad Edward Johnson for misrepresentations and engaging in contractor services without a North Dakota contractor’s license and a North Dakota Transient Merchant’s License.
According to Stenehjem, his Consumer Protection Division initiated an investigation of Alderman Roofing & Construction after receiving a consumer complaint that Alderman had accepted an advance payment of almost $7,000 to repair a roof but had not purchased supplies or performed the work. Investigators determined that Alderman, who is now living in Montana, was not licensed in North Dakota. Attempts to contact Alderman were unsuccessful, and his construction company was involuntarily dissolved in December 2013.
“The state’s licensing and bonding requirements are there to help protect consumers from fly-by-night businesses,” reminded Stenehjem “Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to recover money from these unlicensed contractors once they have fled the state.”
Johnson of Michigan, N.D., came to the attention of the Consumer Protection Division after a homeowner complained that Johnson’s work was not up to code and that he had refused to repair a carpet he destroyed while working in the home. Investigators determined that Johnson did not have a contractor’s license. Although initially cooperative with investigators, Johnson, who is unemployed and has no fixed address, has not responded to recent efforts to contact him.
“Before handing over any money, consumers are advised to check that the contractor is properly licensed in North Dakota and then get a written, itemized estimate and check references from previous customers,” said Parrell Grossman, director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. “A quick internet search can help identify a past history of complaints about the business, here or in other states.”