BISMARCK - A Becker, Minn., tree removal company has been banned from "engaging in contracting" in North Dakota, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office said Thursday, Oct. 19.

The attorney general's office received a complaint from a North Dakota homeowner regarding Chris Gustafson, doing business as Nature's Way Tree and Landscape, and started an investigation in August. The homeowner said he paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and other work, but he didn't complete the work and damaged the home.

Investigators found that Gustafson wasn't a licensed contractor in North Dakota and appeared to be engaging in false advertising. He responded to initial communications from investigators but ignored subsequent efforts to contact him.

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