MENOMINEE - A Bark River man is scheduled to appear today in Menominee County District Court for a preliminary hearing on charges related to alleged home remodeling scams.
Jason Bradley Ives, 33, of Bark River, was officially charged in August with six counts stemming from complaints filed last year involving two home projects in Menominee County.
Ives is charged with two counts of being an unlicensed residential builder, two counts of larceny by conversion, and two counts of false pretenses. Cash bond was set at $5,000 in Menominee County.
Ives is presently serving concurrent jail terms in Delta County Jail on three convictions related to property scams in Delta County.
He was sentenced in July to six months in jail on two counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000. He was also sentenced in August to eight months in jail on one count of embezzlement $1,000 to $20,000.
Today's preliminary examination in Menominee County is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.
During a preliminary hearing, witness testimony and evidence is presented to the court to determine if a crime was committed and if the defendant could have been involved in the crime. If so, the case is bound over to circuit court where the defendant can make a plea or go to trial.
A defendant also has the option to waive his or her right to a preliminary examination in district court and the case is automatically bound over to the higher court.
Next week, Ives and his wife, Jennifer Ives, are scheduled to appear in Delta County Circuit Court for a bench trial related to his embezzlement conviction last month.
Ives is also scheduled for a bench trial in Delta County District Court on Sept. 25 for a civil suit he filed against potential homeowners and the countersuit they filed against him.
In addition, the state has yet to make a decision on alleged building code violations on a home Ives was contracted to build in Rapid River.