By Jenny Lancour
MENOMINEE - A Bark River man accused of scamming a Hermansville couple on a home-remodeling project was assessed $10,000 restitution for not being a licensed contractor, according to a ruling Monday in Menominee County Circuit Court.
Jason Bradley Ives, 34, pleaded guilty last month to being an unlicensed contractor while remodeling the home of Cole and Misty Nehring. The charge is a high-court misdemeanor.
Ives was placed on probation for one year. In addition to the restitution to the victims, he was ordered to pay $205 in court fines and costs.
Ives' guilty plea cancelled a criminal trial in August to prosecute him on one count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and one count of being an unlicensed residential builder.
The larceny by conversion felony, also known as embezzlement, was dismissed by Judge Mary Barglind in exchange for Ives' guilty plea on the misdemeanor.
In a separate criminal case, earlier this summer Barglind sentenced Ives 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.
These charges stemmed from a home Ives was hired to construct for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River.
During the July 8 sentencing, Ives was also placed on probation for five years and ordered to pay $503 in fines and costs. Restitution to the Andersens has not been determined yet.
Ives has filed an appeal against the Anderson court case ruling, a court official noted on Monday.
In addition, rulings are still pending on state code violations for complaints filed against Ives in connection with the Andersen and Nehring home projects.
Earlier this year, the Department of License and Regulatory Affairs revoked Ives' license, fined him $10,000, and ordered $104,680 restitution for state code violations on a home he partially constructed in Rapid River in Delta County.
Ives has also served three jail sentences for convictions of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 related to property scams in Delta County.