BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is advising residents to watch out for an unlicensed contractor suspected of defrauding homeowners in Bismarck, Mandan and surrounding rural areas.

Stephen Webster Hill faces four criminal charges of contracting without a license in Burleigh County, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest on June 16, Stenehjem said Thursday, July 15.

A court order barred Hill from working as a contractor in 2011. At that time, Hill owed customers more than $19,000 in restitution, Stenehjem said.

The attorney general’s consumer protection division learned in July 2020 that Hill was again working as an unlicensed contractor, in violation of the 2011 court order, Stenehjem said.

The attorney general's office received complaints that Hill did not pay two of his subcontractors about $11,000, Stenehjem said. The consumer protection division has since started another fraud investigation into Hill and his businesses, Renovation Solutions Inc. and Colina Design Systems Inc.

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A phone message left for Hill Thursday seeking comment on the allegations was not immediately returned. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Anyone who knows of current contracting by Hill is asked to call the attorney general’s office at 1-800-472-2600. Stenehjem reminds consumers to make sure a contractor is properly licensed before hiring or paying them.