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January 3, 2019

Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213

BISMARCK, ND – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued Cease and Desist Orders banning three North Dakota unlicensed contractors from conducting any further business in the state. Timothy Jacobson of Fairmount, Tyler Giles of Fargo, and Patrick Peltier of Bottineau, violated the state’s consumer fraud and contractor licensing laws.

Attorney General Stenehjem reiterated the importance of homeowners making sure a contractor has a North Dakota license, before handing over any money.

All three unlicensed contractors took thousands of dollars in advance payments from homeowners, but failed to do any work. After receiving complaints from affected homeowners, consumer protection investigators were able to make an initial contact with each unlicensed contractor, but thereafter each ignored communications from the Attorney General’s office. Mail sent to their last known addresses was returned and the current whereabouts of Jacobson, Giles, and Peltier are unknown.

Contractors performing work valued at $4,000 or more must be licensed by the Secretary of State’s office.

“The state’s contractor license requirement exists to protect the homeowner, not the contractor. It is very easy to check if a contractor has a license, and that’s a simple first step to guard against an unscrupulous individual who will take your money and run,” said Stenehjem.

The list of currently licensed contractors is available online, or by calling the Secretary of State’s office at 701-328-2900.

In addition to the Cease & Desist Order issued against him, criminal charges are pending against Timothy Jacobson in both Barnes County and Cass County relating to his unlicensed contracting activity. A 2018 civil judgment obtained against Tyler Giles in Cass county for over $6,000 remains unpaid.

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