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2 Cass County contractors banned from doing business in North Dakota

BISMARCK — Two unlicensed Cass County contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota after it was determined in Cass County District Court that they had violated consumer fraud and licensing laws, the North Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday, March 14.

Collin Strehlow, doing business as NailedIt Home Improvements, took advance payments from homeowners in Cass County for home improvement projects, including deck repair and garage construction, and then did not deliver the materials or complete the work, the attorney general's office said.

The court found Strehlow was operating without a contractor's license, abandoned consumer projects, diverted consumer funds, and had engaged in consumer fraud. A judgment was entered against Strehlow for $5,000, and his trade name, NailedIt Home Improvements, was canceled.

Anthony "Tony" Ronald Cline, who did work under several unregistered business names, including A-Z Handyman Services, Handyman Inc., Jack & Trades, and Handyman on Duty, took advance payments from a dozen homeowners in Cass County for home improvement projects including painting, "light" plumbing work, and deck staining, the attorney general's office said.

In many cases, Cline did not perform any work, or performed work in an extremely shoddy manner. Even after police intervention, Cline failed to perform work or provide refunds, according to the attorney general's office.

The court found Cline was operating without a contractor's license, abandoned consumer projects, diverted consumer funds, and had engaged in consumer fraud. He was ordered to pay $19,978.20 in restitution.

Cline, who's from Minnesota, has related criminal charges pending in Cass County, the attorney general's office said. A bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear for a March 5 hearing.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem urged homeowners to make sure anyone they hire to do home improvement or repair work is properly licensed.

Contractors doing work valued at over $4,000 must be licensed with the North Dakota Secretary of State. The list of licensed contractors is available at " target="_blank">sos.nd.gov/business/contractors/contractors-licensed-north-dakota

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