Hennepin County prosecutors said Monday that the former owner and CEO of a closed private solar and thermal installation company was accused of defrauding more than $1 million from 53 customers in Minnesota.
The complaint alleges that Michael Harvey, 41, from River Falls, Wisconsin, was charged with one count of fraud and theft in 2017 and 2018 of false promises to provide and Install solar panels. Harvey is the head of Able Energy, which closed in 2018.
Authorities said Harvey encourages sales representatives to tell customers that if they pay in advance, their work will be completed faster. The complaint stated that the false claim was made to allow Harvey to obtain more cash to “support his failed business.” Harvey is also accused of falsely providing financial rewards through power companies or government entities.
Allegedly, customers’ money is used for advertising, loan payments, wages and personal shopping in restaurants, retailers, hotels and grocery stores. The complaint stated that the funds were also transferred to Harvey’s personal account.
The complaint stated that after the regulatory agency issued an order in March 2018 stating that Able Energy’s electrical contractor license and Harvey’s primary electrician license had been revoked, Harvey continued to receive payments from customers who had signed contracts.
The court documents did not list Harvey’s lawyers. Can’t find Harvey’s phone number.