Suspect charged in construction scam in McLean County

GARRISON, N.D. – A Minot man faces a series of charges on accusations he scammed an elderly man out of more than $100,000 in fraudulent home repairs.

According to the criminal affidavit, investigators received a tip that 25-year-old Sean Gorman had done work on the victim’s home in May and August and had charged the victim $11,000, $17,000, and $14,000 for the work.

Further investigation revealed that Gorman had done work on the victim’s home in 2012, to the tune of $82,000.

Analysis from an outside contractor revealed that Gorman’s work was poorly done, and way over estimates.

Gorman made his initial appearance on the charges Tuesday and has since bonded out. He’ll be arraigned Dec. 18.

Investigators say he acted as a contractor but does not have a license.

He faces the following charges:

-Endangerment of an eligible adult-position of trust/business relationship-deception-$10,000-$50,000, B-felony

-Construction fraud-receives payment-$10,000-$50,000, B-felony

-Unlawfully acting in the capacity of a contractor without a license, A-misdemeanor

-Failure to produce merchant license, B-misdemeanor