Ann Arbor-area builder arraigned for taking money without doing work

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A builder out of Ann Arbor was arraigned Jan. 31, 2020, in Livingston County’s 53rd District Court on one count of felony builder’s trust fund violation, according to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

In September 2019, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau was contacted to investigate the theft of over $120,000 from an Iosco Township man. According to the release, the investigation revealed that the victim had hired the licensed builder identified as Robert McTavish Jr. out of Ann Arbor for a home construction project, and that McTavish withdrew the disbursements on the construction loan but failed to complete any work.

A preliminary exam for McTavish is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2020, in the 53rd District Court in Howell, and a $5,000 personal recognizance bond was set.

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