MENOMINEE - A Delta County man accused of scamming two parties on home remodeling projects was bound over from Menominee County District Court to circuit court during his preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Testimony and evidence relating to the alleged scams by Jason Bradley Ives, 33, of Bark River, were presented in district court prior to the judge binding the cases over to the higher court where the defendant may plea or go to trial.
Ives was arrested in August in connection with complaints filed last year regarding two home projects in Menominee County, one in 2010 and the other in 2011. According to Menominee Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass, Ives is bound over to circuit court on one count of larceny by conversion - $1,000-$20,000, a five-year felony, and one count of larceny by conversion - $20,000 or more, a 10-year felony. In addition, two misdemeanor charges of being an unlicensed residential builder were bound over, but two counts of false pretenses were dismissed by the court. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 10.
Ives was transported to the Menominee County courthouse from the Delta County Jail where he is serving concurrent jail terms.
He was recently convicted of two counts of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 and one count of embezzlement $1,000 to $20,000 for property scams in Delta County and sentenced to six months and eight months, respectively.
Ives is also scheduled for upcoming bench trials in Delta County including one in circuit court and one in district court, both for alleged property scams. Rulings by the state of Michigan are also pending against Ives for alleged noncompliance to state building codes on a home he built in Rapid River.