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Forum staff reports, Published April 09 2013

Minn. contractor ordered to cease business in ND, accused of not building barns

BISMARCK – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ordered a Becker, Minn., man and his construction company to quit doing business in the state, accusing him of taking more than $120,000 in advance deposits on pole barns he never completed.

An investigation of complaints against Patrick J. Delare’s company, PJD Construction, LLC, found he took deposits to build two pole barns but failed to do any substantial work on one and failed to complete the other, according to a news release from Stenehjem’s office.

Investigators also allege Delare failed to complete a home construction project, the news release stated. According to the cease and desist order, Delare accepted about $184,000 to build the house, failed to follow the specifications agreed upon in a contract and then stopped payments on a refund check.

Stenehjem claims Delare violated the state’s consumer fraud laws and that he didn’t have the required transient business or contractor’s licenses.