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Unlicensed contractor charged with fraud

REGION – The Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post was contacted by two different victims in September 2021 concerning a man they had hired to do construction work. The man, 28-year-old Jakob Lee Dexter-Mattson-Frontera from Cadillac, was operating under the business name J-Dub Construction. Dexter-Mattson-Frontera had a warrant for his arrest out of Grand Traverse County for similar allegations when this case was opened in 2021.

The first victim hired Dexter-Mattson-Frontera to do work on her property. He never finished the job. The other victim posted her need for a contractor on Facebook Marketplace and Dexter-Mattson-Frontera responded. He was contracted to pour a concrete slab for a building. The slab was poured, but when another contractor came to put up the building, they were unable to due to the poor quality of the slab, its unevenness, and there were no footings. Dexter-Mattson-Frontera also failed to obtain a permit for the job. He refused to fix the slab, and another contractor was called in to finish the job at a cost of over $11,000.00.

A report was turned over to the Wexford County Prosecutor’s Office. An arrest warrant was issued in November 2022 and Dexter-Mattson-Frontera turned himself in on November 30, 2022.

Dexter-Mattson-Frontera was arraigned last week in the 84th District Court in Wexford County on two counts False Pretenses over $1,000 but less than $20,000, two counts Violation of Builder’s Trust Fund, two counts Unlicensed Practicing Occupational Skills Trade Regulation Act, and Habitual Offender Fourth Notice. He was released on a PR bond. His next court appearance is on December 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

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