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Minnesota attorney general sues West Fargo man accused of swindling $265,000 in Becker County District Court

DETROIT LAKES - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed a lawsuit Thursday against a West Fargo man accused of charging Minnesota farmers and small businesses at least $265,354 for the sale of steel farm buildings and storage buildings that he failed to deliver.

The lawsuit against Dennis L. Burton filed in Becker County District Court alleges that he placed advertisements in local newspapers and required prospective customers to pay substantial down payments ranging from several thousand dollars to $65,000, according to a news release.

The lawsuit seeks to enjoin Burton, 1614 Sheyenne Street, from marketing steel buildings directly or through any corporation. The suit names two businesses linked to Burton:

- Pioneer Building Systems, P.O. Box 9681, Fargo.

- Quality Steel, 11418 South Lake Eunice Road, Detroit Lakes.

Burton was charged in December with theft by swindle and theft by false representation in Morrison County (Minn.) in connection with the sale of steel buildings. The case is still pending, the release said.

Consumers who believe they were taken advantage of by Burton or the two businesses linked to him may file a complaint with the Minnesota Attorney General's Office by calling (800) 657-3787 or (651) 296-3353.

Consumers may also download a complaint form from and return the completed form to the Attorney General's Office at 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.Den