Area contractor found guilty

MENOMINEE – A Bark River contractor, convicted Friday of converting a client’s funds for his own use, will be sentenced in July on the 10-year felony, according to Menominee County Circuit Court officials.

A jury found Jason Bradley Ives, 33, owner of North Country Construction, guilty of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more. The verdict was announced after jurors deliberated for nearly six hours Friday night.

Ives was also found guilty of being an unlicensed residential builder, a misdemeanor. Sentencing on both counts is scheduled for July 8 in circuit court.

Ives was charged with the above two counts in connection with construction of a home for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River. Both victims testified as witnesses in the four-day trial last week.

A similar trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 12 regarding a home-remodeling project for Cole and Misty Nehring of Hermansville. Ives will be prosecuted on the same charges of being an unlicensed residential builder and larceny by conversion $20,000 or more.

Next month, Ives is scheduled to appear before a state hearing for complaints filed against him in regards to both the Andersen and Nehring construction contracts.

Earlier this year, the Department of License and Regulatory Affairs revoked Ives’ license, fined him $10,000, and ordered him to pay $104,680 in restitution for state code violations on a home he constructed in Rapid River for Bonnie and Jim Anderson of Milwaukee.

Last December, a judge ruled in favor of a Delta County couple who had countersued Jason Ives for a $5,000 down payment he owed them regarding a home the couple decided not to purchase from him. Ives had attempted to sue the couple for up to $25,000 in alleged damages to the home they had lived in for 10 months. His lawsuit was denied by the court.

In Delta County last July, Ives was convicted of one count of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 for embezzling $7,000 from a couple who paid a $30,000 down payment on his residence and gave him $7,000 to build a garage there. He was sentenced to eight months in jail and ordered to pay $37,000 restitution and $198 in fines and costs.

In a civil case filed in circuit court, Ives’ wife, Jennifer Ives, was ordered in September to pay the couple $15,000 towards the $37,000 restitution.

One year ago in Delta County, Ives was convicted of two counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 for not refunding down payments made by two separate parties on the same home. He was sentenced to two concurrent six-month jail sentences and ordered to pay $14,000 restitution and $14,656 in fines and costs.