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Indian River Man Sentenced to Prison for Builder Fraud

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Steven Broman from Indian River was sentenced to serve 28 months to 15 years in prison Friday afternoon.

According to police records in two separate cases from 2019 and 2020, Broman agreed to perform residential construction work for two Charlevoix County victims.

Broman was paid $13,700 in one incident that happened in the City of Charlevoix, but he failed to do any work or return the money to the victim.

In the other incident, Broman agreed to perform work in Hudson Township and was paid over $100,000. He failed to properly complete the work, and rather than remedying that home owner’s situation, the work performed actually worsened the situation and forced them to move in with relatives for an extend period of time.

“This is a situation where the defendant took advantage of people who were really in need,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “He was not a licensed builder or contractor but took these people’s money and left them as well as subcontractors high and dry.”

On February 18, 2021 Broman pleaded guilty to false pretenses $50,000 to $100,000 and fraudulent use of the building contract fund. He was sentenced to prison on the first charge and 12 concurrent months in jail on the second. Broman was also ordered to pay $170,000 in restitution.