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BISMARCK, ND – The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division sued Joshua James Vance of West Fargo, ND, doing business as JMB Builders, Inc. and JMB Builders, LLC, for violations of the consumer fraud law and contractor licensing laws.
Vance has a history of fraudulent behavior going back several years. Vance was doing business as Vance Construction but let his contractor’s license expire on March 1, 2014. The Consumer Protection division initiated an investigation in late 2014, after learning that Vance was continuing to do business as a contractor even after his contractor’s license had expired. Investigators determined that Vance had not disclosed civil and criminal actions against him, and advised the Secretary of State’s office against renewing the license.
The Consumer Protection Division initiated another investigation in September 2017, after receiving new complaints about Vance. Investigators determined that in 2015, Vance had his ex-wife submit a new application for a contractor’s license, this time as JMB Builders, Inc. In 2017, again using his ex-wife as cover, Vance dissolved JMB Builders, Inc., and formed JMB Builders, LLC. Vance then submitted an application for a contractor’s license under the new business name. Although he was not listed in the documents on file for either business, Vance had solicited advance deposits from consumers and then failed to complete work. The Cass County District Court found that Vance was operating without a contractor’s license, diverted consumer funds, and had engaged in consumer fraud, and entered a judgment against him. The District Court’s judgment includes $45,669.42 in consumer restitution, and $7,000 in civil penalties, fees, and costs.
The Court banned Vance from working as a contractor for a minimum of three years, and until he has paid restitution in full to all consumers to whom he owes refunds as well as the civil penalties, and thereafter he cannot work as a contractor unless properly licensed.
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