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Forum staff reports, Published February 12 2014

Two contractors barred from working in ND

BISMARCK – Consumer complaints led the Attorney General here to bar two contractors from doing business in North Dakota after they allegedly operated without a state license.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued cease and desist orders against David Alderman of Montana and Chad Edward Johnson of Michigan, accusing them of misrepresentations and offering services without contractor’s and transient merchant’s licenses.

According to Stenehjem, the Consumer Protection Division began investigating Alderman’s company, Alderman Roofing & Construction, after a customer reported that Alderman had accepted a payment of almost $7,000 to repair a roof but didn’t purchase supplies or do the work.

Investigators found Alderman was not licensed in the state and attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. His construction company was involuntarily dissolved in December.

Johnson came to the attention of investigators when a homeowner complained Johnson’s work was not up to code and that he refused to repair a carpet he destroyed while working in the home.

Although initially cooperative with investigators, Johnson, who is unemployed and has no fixed address, has not responded to recent efforts to contact him, Stenehjem said in a news release.

Contractors must be licensed with the Secretary of State’s office if they perform work valued at $2,000 or more. Consumers can check the Secretary of State’s list of licensed contractors online at www.nd.gov/sos or by calling (701) 328-2900.