Jeremy Meyer, DBA JM Construction & Design
Cody Fleckenstein, DBA Prefab Plus, LLC
BISMARCK, ND – The Consumer Protection division obtained civil judgments against two unlicensed North Dakota contractors last week, banning them from doing business in North Dakota for the foreseeable future. Jeremy Meyer of Fargo, doing business as JM Construction & Design, and Cody Fleckenstein of New Salem, dba Prefab Plus, LLC, were found to have violated consumer fraud and contracting laws. Neither has ever had a contractor’s license.
Meyer took advance payments from several homeowners in Mercer and Burleigh counties for plumbing installation, remodeling, and roofing and siding, but did not complete the work or provide any refunds. The Mercer County District Court found that Meyer was operating without a contractor’s license, abandoned consumer projects, failed to provide refunds, diverted consumer funds, and had engaged in consumer fraud. The court’s judgment includes $18,000 in restitution and an additional $8,500 in civil penalties, fees and costs to the Attorney General’s office. The court banned Meyer from working as a contractor for a minimum of three years, and until he has paid in full all consumers to whom he owes restitution as well as the civil penalties, and thereafter he cannot work as a contractor unless properly licensed. In a separate criminal case, Meyer was ordered to pay an additional $35,000 in restitution.
Fleckenstein took advance payments for building prefabrication work from several individuals in Burleigh and Morton counties, and in most cases did not deliver the materials or do the work. The Morton County District Court found Fleckenstein in violation of consumer fraud laws and entered a Judgment against him for $92,400 in restitution, civil penalties and attorney fees. Fleckenstein is banned from doing any contracting work for a minimum of five years and until he has paid in full all consumers to whom he owes restitution, as well as civil penalties and attorney’s fees to the Attorney General in the amount of $18,494. In addition, he cannot work as a contractor unless properly licensed. Also, several other individuals have filed civil lawsuits against Fleckenstein, each alleging similar violations.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem reminds homeowners that the easiest way to avoid expensive problems later is to make sure the contractor is properly licensed before you hand over any money.
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Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213