Bryan Cohen Jan. 25, 2013, 6:58pm

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease and desist order Thursday against George Donald Nelson III and Karla Ann Nelson, two contractors who allegedly violated consumer fraud laws.

George and Karla Nelson, doing business as AG Pro Buildings LLC and Baron Buildings LLC, allegedly took thousands of dollars in advance deposits from consumers and performed little or no work. Additionally, the Nelsons provided contractor services without a North Dakota contractor's license.

"The Nelsons not only operated without a contractor's license, it appears they also defrauded many North Dakota consumers," Stenehjem said. "The Nelsons' blatant disregard for the contractor licensing laws are criminal violations and their pattern of fraudulent conduct, including misrepresentations that the work would be completed for payments received, has harmed many North Dakota consumers."

George and Karla Nelson allegedly took advance money from consumers in at least nine counties, engaging in criminal and fraudulent activity throughout the state.

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