Jail time for 1 in housing scam

MENOMINEE – A former Bark River contractor convicted of embezzling funds paid to him to construct a home was sentenced Monday to 11 months in jail, according to Menominee County Circuit Court officials.

Jason Bradley Ives, 33, owner of North Country Construction, was found guilty of two charges during a trial in May. A jury rendered a guilty verdict for one felony count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and also found him guilty of being an unlicensed residential builder, a misdemeanor.

During Ives’ sentencing Monday, Judge Mary Barglind ordered the defendant to 11 months in jail for the felony and 172 days in jail for the misdemeanor. He was given credit on both counts for 172 days already served in Menominee County Jail.

In addition to jail time, Ives will be placed on probation for five years. He was also ordered to pay a total of $503 in fines and costs. Restitution to the victims will be determined in a separate circuit court hearing on Aug. 16, said a court official.

Ives was charged with the above two counts in connection with the construction of a home for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River.

A similar trial is scheduled in Menominee County for Aug. 12-15. Ives is being prosecuted for being an unlicensed residential builder and larceny by conversion $20,000 or more regarding a home-remodeling project for Cole and Misty Nehring of Hermansville.

The Andersen and Nehring cases were the topics of a state hearing held in Marquette on June 27. The Department of License and Regulatory Affairs has yet to issue rulings on the complaints filed against Ives on both construction contracts.

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

Ives has also been the defendant in civil and criminal cases in Delta County. In regards to criminal charges, he was convicted of three counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 and served three jail terms. The offenses date as far back to the spring of 2010.