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Tree removal company banned from doing business in ND

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order banning Chris Gustafson of Becker, Minn., doing business as Nature’s Way Tree and Landscape, from engaging in contracting in North Dakota.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division initiated an investigation in August after receiving a complaint from a North Dakota resident. The homeowner complained that in May 2017, he had paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and perform related cleanup work, but Gustafson did not do all of the work and also damaged the home.

Investigators determined that Gustafson was not licensed as a contractor in North Dakota. It also appeared to investigators that Gustafson was engaged in false advertising by distributing flyers representing that he is licensed and insured, when he is not. Gustafson responded to the initial communications from the investigators but ignored all subsequent efforts to contact him.