BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - Two men, one a convicted felon, are facing a ban from doing business in North Dakota, says state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who recently filed a cease-and-desist order.
Chad Peda and Somer Hilleboe -- and their business, CS Companies – were allegedly paid to do work that wasn't completed. Peda is a convicted felon who has apparently left the state.
A consumer complaint alleged the company was given an advance payment of $11,000 to complete the demolition of a garage and build a new one, but the work was never completed.
“Before paying any money to a contractor, check to make sure the contractor is legitimate and is properly licensed and bonded,” Stenehjem said. “It only takes a couple of minutes to check, but it could save you from losing both money and time.”
Peda and Hilleboe aren't licensed contractors in the state of North Dakota. Peda did refund a portion of the money once the complaint was filed.
In a separate case, Peda was convicted of theft of property after receiving advance payments and not completing a previous job. Peda owes more than $130,000 in restitution from that case.