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Alexandria businessman charged with felonies

The felony charges of theft by swindle and Felony Theft by False Representation stem from an incident where a co-owner of RockSolid Construction and Snow Removal LLC, Derek Edward Fischer, accepted $113,700 from the victim, according to a release from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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ALEXANDRIA — Derek Edward Fischer, 33, was charged with Felony Theft by Swindle and Felony Theft by False Representation, according to a Friday, Dec. 2, news report from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The charges against Fischer, co-owner of RockSolid Construction and Snow Removal LLC of Douglas County and Ottertail Counties, stem from an incident near Alexandria where he entered into a contract to build a house/shed, according to the report.

The report goes on to state that Fischer accepted $113,700 from the victim but never started the building project and blocked contact with the victim.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigators located another alleged victim of Fischer's in Crow Wing County and believe there may be more.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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The report added that Fischer actively uses Facebook Market Place-type sites to solicit business.

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