State takes action against contractors

  • Article by: HARD DATA JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 13, 2011 - 4:32 PM

One man failed to mention his extensive criminal history when he applied for a contractor license. At least five contractors didn't pay up after losing lawsuits.

These were some of the violations that led the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to revoke, suspend or accept the surrender of 10 residential building contractor licenses in the second quarter of this year. The following licenses were revoked unless otherwise noted.

Minnesota Insurance Restoration Services LLC and Jason W. Amundson, Lakeville, $2,500 fine

The company failed to pay or appeal two judgments against it totaling $37,810. The company failed to respond to department inquiries.

Alpha Corps Inc. and Michael Sykes, St. Paul, $2,000 fine

Sykes failed to disclose his criminal history on an application for licensure in 2010. Between 2002 and 2010, Sykes was charged with, pleaded guilty to or was convicted of crimes related to assault, making terrorist threats, drug possession, theft, check fraud and disorderly conduct. Four judgments against Sykes or his companies totaling $34,751 remained unpaid at the time of the revocation order. Sykes failed to respond to department inquiries.

Stryhn & Kidder LLC, Stillwater, and Brendon Stryhn, Bonduel, Wis., $2,000 fine

Stryhn or his company failed to satisfy five judgments totaling $19,889. The suits were initiated by a subcontractor, a buyer of bad debt and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Kory Glover Roofing LLC, Alexandria, $1,000 fine

The company took seven months to pay $287.75 for two building permits issued in Moorhead. A Brandon, Minn., homeowner told the state that the company did substandard work on a roof replacement and failed to complete the project. The company and its owner, Kory Glover, failed to respond to department inquiries.

Amen Roofing LLC, doing business as Amen Roofing & Construction, Circle Pines ($10,000 stayed fine)

Amen Roofing took down payments from a number of customers, failed to do the work and failed to pay bills owed to subcontractors and suppliers on previous jobs. The company agreed to provide confessions of judgment to customers so they can be reimbursed by the state's Contractor Recovery Fund without incurring large legal bills.

W & A Properties LLC, Andover ($10,000 stayed fine)

The company and its principals, Scott Whipps and Christopher Atwater, provided false and misleading information on a license application by failing to disclose that Atwater was a principal of W & A Properties. Atwater was ineligible to be a principal of a construction company because he was a principal of a company that had its license revoked for unpaid judgments and for failing to complete work.

Brad's Roofing LLC, Burnsville ($2,000 stayed fine)

The company's principal, Bradley Johnson, owed taxes on employee withholdings.

Bryce J. Bjork, Oronoco, license surrendered ($2,000 stayed fine)

Bjork failed to obtain permits or call for inspections on a job in Inver Grove Heights. He refused to comply with a notice of violation issued by a building official. Bjork also failed to pay or appeal five judgments totaling $9,927 and provided false or misleading information to the state.

Car-Col Construction Inc. and Carl J. Smith Jr., Pequot Lakes

Car-Col and Smith performed substandard work when they lifted an old house to replace the foundation. They later refused to correct code violations, some of which were for serious structural deficiencies.

David Scott Homes LLC, Stillwater, license suspended

The company and David Scott Reed failed to pay or appeal civil judgments against them. At least two of those judgments totaling $783,328 remained active as of last week. David Scott Homes LLC's license was suspended until all the judgments are paid, vacated or discharged.

Hard Data digs into public records and puts a spotlight on rule breakers in Minnesota. Contact me at jfriedmann@startribune.com.

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