Four years after a judgment to refund creditors for projects he didn't finish, a former contractor has been criminally charged related to other incomplete construction work.

Blain Ovind, 47, of Mandan, is charged with two felony counts of construction fraud, two misdemeanor counts of acting as a contractor without a license and one misdemeanor count of disobedience of a judicial order.

In 2013, he signed an assurance of voluntary compliance with the Attorney General’s Office, banning him from contract work until he either completed or refunded multiple creditors' incomplete construction projects.

In 2014 and 2015, he was ordered to pay almost $170,000 to eight creditors after failing to complete their projects or refund them within 90 days.

Court documents also indicate Ovind hasn’t been a licensed contractor since 2013; yet in 2016, one couple paid him a large advance deposit while another offered him free rent for roof projects he reportedly did not complete. They later filed successful small claims against him.

Ovind did not return a phone message for comment. A phone number for Ovind Construction was disconnected.

His trade name expired in October.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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Crime and Courts Reporter