A former Bark River contractor, convicted of scamming clients, was recently ordered to pay $10,000 in fines to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The agency recently released disciplinary action against Jason Bradley Ives, 34, and his business, North Country Construction, in connection with two home projects in Menominee County.
Ives was found in violation of occupational codes and rule violations in connection with a home construction project for Jim and Jeanette Andersen of Bark River and in connection with a home remodeling project for Cole and Misty Nehring of Hermansville.
Hearings for the above complaints took place in June in Marquette. The commercial licensing bureau recently released its rulings on the two cases, charging Ives with two $5,000 fines. His contractor's license continues to be revoked. No restitution was ordered.
Earlier this year, Ives' license was initially revoked in connection with a home he partially constructed in Rapid River in Delta County. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs also fined him $10,000 for state code violations and ordered him to pay $104,680 restitution to the homeowners.
Though the state licensing agency did not order restitution for the two couples in Menominee County, a circuit court judge in Menominee County ordered Ives pay restitution to them earlier this year.
Ives was convicted in May on one count of larceny by conversion $20,000 or more and sentenced to 11 months in jail, five years probation and $72,684 restitution to the Andersen couple.
He was also convicted of one count of being an unlicensed residential builder and was sentenced to 176 days in jail in connection with the Andersen home. He was granted credit for 176 days served concurrently for three convictions in Delta County.
In August in Menominee County Circuit Court, Ives pleaded guilty to being an unlicensed contractor while remodeling the Nehring home. He was ordered to pay $10,000 restitution to the couple and was placed on probation for a year.
Total fines in the two Menominee County court cases amounted to $708.
Ives served three concurrent jail sentences for convictions of larceny by conversion $1,000 to $20,000 related to property scams in Delta County. He was ordered to pay a total of $51,000 restitution to victims in these cases and another $5,000 to victims in a civil suit.
Ives' restitution for property scam incidents in Delta and Menominee counties totaled $243,364. His fines and costs totaled more than $35,000 in the two-county area.
- - -
Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, firstname.lastname@example.org