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Bismarck, ND – Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley announced that Matthew Holden, doing business as Affordable Flooring, has been banned from doing business in the state of North Dakota.
Holden took advance payments from homeowners in Burleigh and Morton Counties for home improvement projects, including flooring materials and installation, and then did not deliver the materials or complete the work. The Burleigh County District Court found that Holden operated as an unlicensed contractor and had engaged in consumer fraud. The court ordered Holden to pay $36,419.39 in restitution to ten consumers, banned him from working as a contractor, and ordered his business involuntarily dissolved. The court also assessed $5,000 in civil penalties and $2,477 in attorney’s fees and costs.
“Our office will aggressively prosecute fraudulent contractors and hold them responsible for their illegal activity,” said Wrigley. “I urge homeowners to make sure a contractor is licensed before making any advance payment.”
Parrell Grossman, director of the consumer protection division noted that Matthew Holden never responded to the consumers’ complaints or the consumer fraud investigators. “Mr. Holden took at least $36,000 from consumers and then disappeared as soon as he realized he was being investigated,” said Grossman.
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