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AG bans unlicensed contractor in Dickinson: Consumer says Alderman Roofing accepted pay but did not do work

BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order Wednesday against a contractor who had been doing unlicensed business in Dickinson.

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David Alderman, owner of Alderman Roofing and Construction, also solicited and accepted payments from consumers and did not perform the services as promised, according to the cease and desist order.

Alderman Roofing didn’t have a contractor’s license or transient merchant’s license, as required by North Dakota law.

“The state’s licensing and bonding requirements are there to help protect consumers from fly-by-night businesses,” Stenehjem said in a press release. “Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to recover money from these unlicensed contractors once they have fled the state.”

The Attorney General’s Office found out about the bad business practices after a consumer complained that Alderman solicited and accepted $6,975 to repair a Dickinson home but did not begin work and then did not answer the consumer’s calls.

After that complaint, the Attorney General’s Office investigated and found Alderman was not licensed. It made unsuccessful attempts to reach Alderman, and the roofing company was involuntarily dissolved in December.

Alderman then moved back to Montana, and is believed to be living near Glendive.

With the order, Alderman Roofing can no longer solicit or provide business in North Dakota.

Alderman could not be reached for comment.

“Before handing over any money, consumers are advised to check that the contractor is properly licensed in North Dakota and then get a written, itemized estimate and check references from previous customers. A quick Internet search can help identify a past history of complaints about the business, here or in other states,” said Parrell Grossman, director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, said in the release.

Stenehjem also issued a cease and desist order Wednesday against Chad Johnson of Michigan, N.D., for doing work that’s not up to code.