North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced on Friday that a company calling itself Affordable Flooring has been banned from operating in North Dakota.
The company lists Matthew Holden as its operator.
According to Wrigley, Holden received advance payments from landlords in Burleigh and Morton counties for home improvement projects, including flooring materials and installation, but failed to deliver the materials. nor completed the work.
Burleigh County District Court found Holden was operating as an unlicensed contractor and engaged in consumer fraud. The court ordered Holden to pay $36,419.39 in restitution to ten consumers, barred him from working as a contractor and ordered the involuntary dissolution of his business. The court also imposed $5,000 in civil penalties and $2,477 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
Parrell Grossman, director of the consumer protection division, noted that Matthew Holden never responded to consumer complaints or consumer fraud investigators. “Mr. Holden took at least $36,000 from consumers and then disappeared as soon as he realized he was under investigation,” Grossman said.
You can read and download the court’s full judgment here.