AG O’Connor Files Charges Against Oklahoma Contractor For Consumer Fraud
KTUL-News 8 - August 18, 2022 2:56 pm
Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Attorney General John O’Connor has filed charges in Oklahoma County against a contractor accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from two victims for home construction projects he never completed.
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Unit began investigating a consumer fraud case involving Francis Maldonado, 35, who owned 5 Brothers L&F Construction LLC, after receiving a complaint.
Maldonado is accused of soliciting customers under the guise of home remodeling or repairs in exchange for partial upfront payment. Despite being paid, Maldonado allegedly abandoned the projects and refused to issue refunds. According to authorities, Maldonado took $13,800 from the victims.
O’Connor says the AG’s Office believe there may have been more victims.
“Oklahomans who believe they may have been scammed by Maldonado, 5 Brothers L&F Construction LLC, or any other contractor should file a complaint with my office immediately,” O’Connor said. “I will not tolerate businesses using deceptive practices to take advantage of Oklahomans.”
If convicted, Maldonado could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, along with restitution owed to the victims.
To file a complaint with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit, call 1-833-681-1895.