Judge dismisses two felony charges against Grand Forks contractor accused of construction fraud

Two felony charges against a Grand Forks contractor accused of construction fraud were dismissed in a preliminary hearing Friday, June 11, after a judge decided there was not enough information in the charging documents to establish probable cause. Prosecutors will still have the option to re-file the charges with additional charging information.

Nicholas DeRosier, 33, is still facing four misdemeanor charges: issuing a check without an account, contracting without a license, disobedience of a judicial order and forgery. One charge each of felony theft and felony construction fraud were dismissed after the state failed to demonstrate probable cause that he committed those crimes. An additional felony charge of issuing a check without an account was dismissed in May.

DeRosier is accused of failing to fulfill the terms of his contracts with multiple clients, but the preliminary hearing was complicated somewhat when the state’s witness, Grand Forks Police Detective Caitlin Stromberg, who took the case over from another Grand Forks detective who left the force, was unable to testify to the terms of those contracts.

Judge John Thelen said that without seeing the contracts or the investigation reports, and without knowing the terms of the contracts, he didn’t

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