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Forum staff reports, Published January 19 2012

Church claims it lost $4,400 to fake roofer

WAHPETON, N.D. – A Staples, Minn., man is facing charges in Richland County, accused of posing as a construction contractor to defraud victims near here for more than $7,000.

According to Richland County Court documents, 30-year-old Jeffrey Leo Lorber was operating as Complete Building and Design, LLC, without a contractor’s license.

On May 17, 2010, Lorber approached First English Lutheran Church of Fairmount with a proposal to re-roof the church building for $8,800. The church paid $4,400 down to Lorber, but no work was ever started and the check was cashed, documents state.

On Nov. 4, 2010, Lorber then approached a man in Wahpeton and proposed to re-roof the man’s house for $2,650. The man paid the full amount, but no work was ever started and Lorber cashed the check, according to court documents.

Lorber is charged with two counts of theft of property, both felonies, and three misdemeanor charges for not possessing a contractor’s license.