ESCANABA - A Bark River man was sentenced to eight months in county jail on an embezzlement charge in Delta County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Jason Bradley Ives, 32, currently lodged in the county jail, was sentenced to eight months in jail Thursday afternoon for larceny by conversion $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. His jail sentence will be served concurrently with his current jail term. Ives was given credit for 28 days served.
Ives pleaded no contest to the charge at a plea hearing in July. The charge stems from Ives failing to refund a couple $7,000 they had paid him to build a garage in Bark River Township in 2010.
At a plea hearing in July, a second count of false pretenses, $20,000 or more, was dismissed in exchange for the no contest plea to embezzlement. Ives had originally been charged with the 10-year felony for failing to refund the same couple $30,000. The couple had paid Ives the down payment to buy his residence in Bark River Township where he said he would build them a garage.
In 2010, Mike and Nancy Kossow gave Ives $30,000 to go toward the current mortgage on his home to reduce their monthly payment once they purchased his property; they also gave him $7,000 to build a garage that was never built. The Kossows never acquired the home and were not refunded the $37,000 they gave Ives.
In addition to his jail sentence on Thursday, Judge Stephen Davis ordered Ives to pay $37,000 in restitution for the money that was never refunded, as well as additional fines and costs totaling $198. Ives was also placed on three years probation.
A bench trial in circuit court, related to a civil case on the same two transactions above, is scheduled for Ives and his wife Jennifer Ives on Sept. 13-14. During a bench trial, the judge rules on a case based on the evidence presented.
Ives is also scheduled to appear at a bench trial in district court on Sept. 25 for a civil suit he filed against James and Kristin Curtice regarding alleged damages to a home Ives was selling to them. At the same time District Court Judge Glenn Pearson will consider a countersuit filed by the Curtices.
Other pending action against Ives includes a decision on alleged building code violations on a home in Rapid River and alleged home remodeling scams in Menominee County.
Ives was previously sentenced to six months in jail in July for failing to refund down payments to two parties unknowingly purchasing the same property located in Bark River Township before the Curtices had lived there. At that time he was sentenced on two counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000.