BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) -- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued cease and desist orders on Wednesday against two contractors for allegedly engaging in contractor services without the proper licensure.

David Alderman, doing business as Alderman Roofing & Construction, and Chad Johnson allegedly made misrepresentations to consumers and performed contractor services without a North Dakota Transient Merchant's License or a North Dakota contractor's license.

Alderman allegedly accepted an advance payment of close to $7,000 to repair a roof, but he failed to purchase supplies or perform the job.

Alderman now lives in Montana and attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. Alderman Roofing & Construction was involuntarily dissolved in December.

"The state's licensing and bonding requirements are there to help protect consumers from fly-by-night businesses," Stenehjem said. "Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to recover money from these unlicensed contractors once they have fled the state."

Johnson allegedly performed contractor work that was not up to code and refused to repair a carpet he destroyed while working in one consumer's home.

Johnson, who is unemployed and has no fixed address, initially cooperated with Stenehjem's office, but recent efforts to contact him were unsuccessful.

Contractors in North Dakota must be licensed with the Secretary of State's Office if they perform contracting work valued at $2,000 or more.

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