Ontonagon man faces forgery, larceny charges

GLADSTONE – An Ontonagon man faces forgery and larceny charges following a two-day search by police that led to his arrest.

Bruce Michael Sever, 46, of Ontonagon, has been arrested and charged with larceny by false pretenses, two counts of forgery, and larceny from a building less than $20,000, according to a news release from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post.

Troopers from the post were assisted in the search by Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) detectives, who located and arrested Sever at a residence in Gwinn following a two-day U.P.-wide search involving several law enforcement agencies.

Sever is suspected of accepting money for a construction job he did not complete in the city of Gladstone and forging and cashing checks from the victim’s account.

He was arraigned Friday in the 94th District Court in Delta County and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

If convicted, Sever faces 14 years in prison for each count of forgery, five years for larceny by false pretenses, and four years for larceny from a building.