Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Minn. solar installer charged with swindling dozens of customers

Able Energy's Michael Harvey faces up to 20 years in prison for accusations of stealing more than $1 million from his customers


September 1, 2021

Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune file

Michael J. Harvey, owner of the now-defunct Able Energy solar installation company, is charged with swindling customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin out of more than $1 million.

More than three years after customers of Able Energy Co. began complaining about its business practices, criminal charges have been filed against the owner of the now-defunct company.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County charged Michael James Harvey with theft by swindle for allegedly duping customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin out of more than $1 million in up-front payments for work that was never completed.

Though a conviction on the felony charge would typically result in no more than a year of jail time, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is seeking an "aggravated sentence" because Harvey allegedly committed "a major economic offense" involving at least 53 victims in Minnesota. That means, if Harvey is convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000, according to a spokeswoman for Freeman.


Reader Comments(0)


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2021

Rendered 09/26/2021 09:02