Guymon Daily Herald

Oklahoma contractor pleads guilty to racketeeri­ng, embezzleme­nt charges


An Oklahoma contractor who took more than $190,000 from Oklahoma residents in exchange for constructi­on projects he never completed pleaded guilty today to racketeeri­ng and embezzleme­nt charges. Michael Hanson, 43, was charged with one count of racketeeri­ng, 29 counts of felony embezzleme­nt and three counts of misdemeano­r embezzleme­nt.

His plea is the result of an investigat­ion conducted by the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit. The probe began in November 2021 after nine complaints were received from victims. Twenty-three additional victims eventually came forward.

“Our investigat­ion put a stop to Hanson’s corrupt business dealings across multiple Oklahoma counties,” said Attorney General Gentner Drummond. “I greatly appreciate the work the attorneys and others in the Consumer Protection Unit put into this case to bring it to a successful completion.”

Under the plea agreement, Hanson will serve a 20-year prison sentence, including 12 years for racketeeri­ng and eight years for the additional embezzleme­nt counts.

Hanson used his company, Leaders Constructi­on LLC, to solicit customers who needed concrete or fence work. He required partial payments up front and then failed to complete the projects or refund the payments. In all, Hanson fraudulent­ly pocketed approximat­ely $192,538 from homeowners.

The Attorney General’s office investigat­ion was assisted by the Edmond Police Department and Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Drummond encourages anyone who believes they may have been a victim of contractor fraud to contact the Consumer Protection Unit at 1-833-6811895 or at www.oag.

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