Man ‘guilty’ in home scam
MENOMINEE – A Bark River man, accused of scamming homeowners on a remodeling project in Menominee County, recently pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed contractor. The plea cancelled a four-day trial scheduled for this week.
Jason Bradley Ives, 34, was facing one count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and one count of being an unlicensed residential builder in connection with an unfinished remodeling project for Cole and Misty Nehring of Hermansville.
During a restitution hearing held last Friday on a separate conviction, Ives decided to make a plea on the Nehring case, according to a Menominee County Circuit Court official.
Ives pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed contractor, a high-court misdemeanor. He will be sentenced in Menominee County Circuit Court on Sept. 9.
The larceny by conversion charge, also known as embezzlement, was dismissed by Judge Mary Barglind in exchange for the above guilty plea.
On July 8, Ives was sentenced to 11 months in jail after a jury convicted him on one count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and one count of being an unlicensed residential builder in connection with a home constructed for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River.
Ives was also placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $503 in fines and costs in the Andersen case. Restitution on this conviction and the Nehring case will be ordered by Judge Barglind.
Ives was scheduled to be tried on the Nehring case on Aug. 12-15. The court proceeding was postponed due to a potential plea from Ives which did not occur so the trial was rescheduled for Aug. 26-29. That trial was cancelled when Ives entered his recent plea on Aug. 16.
Ives, owner of North Country Construction, has yet to receive rulings on a June 27 state hearing related to the Andersen and Nehring cases. Both parties filed code violation complaints against Ives with the Department of License and Regulatory Affairs.
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.
In addition, Ives recently served three jail sentences in Delta County for convictions of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 related to property scams.