Bark River man’s embezzlement trial delayed

MENOMINEE – A Bark River man’s embezzlement trial that was scheduled for last week was delayed until later in the month, according to Menominee County Circuit Court officials.

Jason Bradley Ives, 33, owner of North Country Construction, was scheduled for a four-day trial on one count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and one count of being an unlicensed residential builder. The court proceeding was postponed due to a potential plea which did not occur, so the trial was rescheduled for Aug. 26-29.

Ives is charged with the two charges in connection with a home remodeling project he was hired to complete for Cole and Misty Nehring of Hermansville.

On July 8, Ives was sentenced to 11 months in jail after a jury convicted him on similar charges in connection with the construction of a home for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River. Ives was placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $503 in fines and costs. Restitution to the victims will be determined.

The Andersen and Nehring cases were also 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 in Delta County.

Ives was convicted in Delta County of three counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 related to property scams. He served three jail terms for crimes dating as far back as 2010.