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Attorney General O’Connor Files Embezzlement Charges Against Oklahoma Contractor

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General John O’Connor has charged a contractor in Oklahoma County who received thousands of dollars from Oklahomans in several counties in exchange for construction projects he never completed.

Michael Hanson, 42, is charged with nine counts of Embezzlement and one count of Pattern of Criminal Offense.

In all nine charges, investigators allege Hanson followed the same pattern of fraudulent behavior by using his company, Leaders Construction LLC, to solicit customers, who needed concrete or fencing work. He then refused to complete or refund the payments made. Authorities say in all, Hanson stole $87,031.64 from nine different victims.

“When consumers hire and pay an individual or business to do work, they are entitled to have that work done well,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “My Consumer Protection Unit works diligently to hold contractors like Michael Hanson accountable for their fraudulent conduct. I will not tolerate those who try to swindle Oklahomans out of their hard-earned money.”

The investigation, conducted by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit, uncovered allegations of fraud dating back to April 2021.The Consumer Protection Unit was assisted in its investigation by the Edmond Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.

Read the Affidavit of Probable Cause  

The Attorney General encourages consumers who believe they have been a victim of contractor fraud to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Unit at 1-833-681-1895, or by submitting a complaint online at

**All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.**