Boyne Builder Faces Multiple Charges

William Lloyd Bentley, 49, of Boyne City, faces charges ranging from building without a license to embezzling from a vulnerable adult.

By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
bgohs@boynegazette.com
(231) 222-2119 

William Bentley

William Lloyd Bentley, 49, of Boyne City, faces charges ranging from building without a license to embezzling from a vulnerable adult.

Bentley, who was arraigned last week in Charlevoix’s 90th District Court faces over a dozen counts related to his alleged operation of an unlicensed construction business.

According to Charlevoix County Deputy Sheriff Det. Mike Wheat, on Sept. 2, he responded to a complaint by a citizen claiming Bentley had been hired to complete a total of $6,600 worth of chimney repair work on his Lake Shore Drive house which was never completed.

The law requires that builders on any jobs over $600 be licensed.

According to Wheat’s affidavit of probable cause, Bentley is not licensed through the Charlevoix County Building Safety Department, and Bentley allegedly admitted to Wheat on Sept. 1, that he is not a licensed builder.

According to Wheat’s affidavit, he also responded to a complaint on Aug. 16, of a woman who had hired Bentley to do a total of $7,200 worth of work on her Dalson Road home.

According to Wheat’s affidavit, Bentley allegedly overcharged the woman by $1,900, and all the contracts with her stated he was both licensed and insured as a builder.

According to Wheat’s affidavit, he responded to a complaint by another man to perform work for his aunt who suffers from Alzheimer. Bentley was allegedly paid at least $21,543.92.

The job was to include work to both the driveway and barn roof at a residence off Fall Park Road.

Bentley is being charged with the following:

Larceny by conversion of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 – a five-year and/or $10,000 felony.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

False advertising, a one-year and/or $1,000 misdemeanor.

Larceny by conversion of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 – a five year and or $10,000 felony.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

False advertising, a one-year and/or $1,000 misdemeanor.

Embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – more than $1,000 but less than $20,000. This is a five-year and/or $10,000 felony.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

False advertising, a one-year and/or $1,000 misdemeanor.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

Larceny by conversion – $200 or more but less than $1,000. This is one-year and/or $2,000 misdemeanor.

False advertising, a one-year and/or $1,000 misdemeanor.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

Larceny by conversion – $200 or more but less than $1,000. This is one-year and/or $2,000 misdemeanor.

Unlicensed residential builder, a one-year and/or fine of $5,000 to $25,000.

Embezzlement from a vulnerable adult of $200 or more but less than $1,000. This is a one-year and/or $2,000 misdemeanor.

Bentley’s pretrial and preliminary hearings are scheduled for mid-December.

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