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Attorney General investigating Grand Forks landscaping business

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The North Dakota Attorney General filed an order Friday that calls for a Grand Forks landscaping company to comply with a subpoena filed after allegations of consumer fraud came to light.

The order said three complaints were filed against Team Lawn and Landscaping and Vaughn Construction, which are owned by Nicholas DeRosier and operated in Grand Forks, alleging that the customers paid for services that were never completed.

Neither business has a current contracting license in North Dakota, though the Team Lawn and Landscaping license expired earlier this year.

The order said DeRosier failed to disclose the business had been involved in lawsuits within the past two years, though there are numerous civil lawsuits in North Dakota and Minnesota filed against the company by former customers. DeRosier is currently facing a felony charge in Foster County for theft of services related to his business.

The Attorney General’s Office issued a subpoena to DeRosier that required him to turn over documents and appear at a July 11 hearing. DeRosier objected to the subpoena because it was “vague and far too overreaching,” the order said. He said the consumer complaints were false and he would provide a separate response. The order said he did not appear at a rescheduled hearing, which was set for July 17. In addition, he had not submitted his response as of Friday, Aug. 9.

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The court order would force DeRosier to stop doing business until he complies with the subpoena.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
Tess covers crime and courts for the Grand Forks Herald. She previously worked for the Associated Press, Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and The Voice News. Reach her at (701) 780-1267, twilliams@gfherald.com or on Twitter @ByTessWilliams.
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