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Minnesota AG sues wind power developer, alleging fraud

Rapid City Journal -- ST. PAUL, Minn. | A lawsuit by Minnesota's attorney general alleges farmers were duped by a South Dakota-chartered wind energy developer who didn't deliver on promises of equipment and financing.

The consumer protection case filed Friday in Hennepin County District Court contends Shawn Dooling and his company, Renewable Energy SD, misled the farmers. Some paid the company more than $500,000 for equipment that turned out to be defective and access to federal stimulus grants that didn't materialize.

The lawsuit says Dooling personally enriched himself at farmers' expense, amassing a $1 million collection of exotic cars.

Attorney General Lori Swanson's office says it knows of at least 15 Minnesotans affected. She seeks restitution and civil penalties.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 5:55:15 AM

it's always a caveat emptor world. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are good, it IS too good to be true.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 9:21:40 AM

That's right Honda0105 and there are so many coming out with all this government money floating around subsidizing wind and solar.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:55:31 AM

always some bad apples in any mix.
tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 3:21:40 AM

Minnesota AG sues wind power developer, alleging fraud! Have a lawyer review the contract before signing and paying any upfront money. Put this guy in the slammer ASAP!
Vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 2:45:59 AM

Good to see one AG going out to protect the consumer....
greenfog
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:46:03 AM

there are crooks in every corner.
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:19:30 AM

Is the business of green really fraud.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:19:25 AM

“Wind power and solar power - all fraud.”

You are half right, 1943Penny. Wind ‘power’ is a fraud in most locations. Very few turbines would be erected if the tax incentives were removed. Solar, on the other hand, is real power that can carry a lot of the load for the US. Not all, of course, because you still have to deal with nights and cloudy days, but when the sun is out you know what you are going to get.

SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:12:12 AM

Wind power and solar power - all fraud.
drillintheUSA
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:10:39 AM

Is it my imagination, or a pure coincidence that so many of these 'green' energy schemes are wrought with deception, fraud and bankruptcy? Thomas A. Edison would be sick if he were living today. "99% perspiration" was his work ethic. Anymore it seems that America's work ethic is either 99% fraud, or 99% Tax rebates & incentives. In other words, money taken from you to be WASTED. God help us. ~ DrillintheUSA ~
arb0526
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:06:08 AM

Sue for 2.5 million plus all they got.....ok....I was joking.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:04:48 AM

Nobody wins.
GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:04:00 AM


Anytime the government lets the pigs feed freely at the trough there will be some form of fraud. With the current administration encouraging, almost forcing "green" stuff on us and many states joining in it makes a very attractive target for fraudsters at the highest levels.

This is just another Solyndra-style con job on a smaller scale.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:03:40 AM

If they did that, there would be no one in Washington!!
joel27nc
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:03:08 AM

Lock 'em up.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:56:44 PM

sue
carloco75
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:51:03 PM

Wow...
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:49:42 PM

Good?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:45:56 PM

This is not good business
SpankyMI
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:44:04 PM

Really, there is fraud in the "green" energy business?
suzmar
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:43:50 PM

There seems to be an abundance of fraud associated with "green" energy. Anytime there is free government money there are going to be people that fraudulently get their hands on it.
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Yes, go after all those bad guys and make them and their backers pay through the nose until it hurts.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:41:06 PM

what does this have to do with my gas prices?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:38:41 PM

The guy looked green but it was the money shade of green.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:36:34 PM

Careful who you trust
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:33:47 PM

Green energy fraud...tell Barry that
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:30:50 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:28:16 PM

Really???
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:27:52 PM

Hang 'em!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:27:52 PM

If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:26:50 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:25:09 PM

Oh my!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:23:53 PM

We will see what happens!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:19:26 PM

WOW!!! The government throws all sorts of money at 'green' projects like wind energy! Who would have thought that we'd find fraud in government spending?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:15:18 PM

Careful who you trust
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:08:59 PM

Bad
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:06:27 PM

OK
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Irrelevant
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:04:11 PM

yes
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Get a Rope.
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If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:55:25 PM

too bad
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:51:34 PM

Beware of the scammers.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:49:26 PM

hmmmm
OGW
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:43:43 PM

The get rich guys are always out there scamming the public. They should get the death penalty!
stillcruisin
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:43:06 PM

This doesn't mean wind power isn't a good idea. It means there's a crook running Renewable Energy SD. He's been scamming these people. Get him into court.
Carol7777
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:41:11 PM

Although all may not be well with wind power, there are corrupt people &/or companies is all lines of business.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:39:52 PM

AG is right.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:39:18 PM

Those farmers sure got taken by that wind company.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:38:40 PM

No surprise here
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NOT GOOD!
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