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Man charged with construction fraud has bond hearing

A Grand Forks man facing five felony charges of construction fraud doesn't need to post bond money for two of the charges he appeared in court for Wednesday.

Matthew John Hinze, 30, posted bond last month for two related charges and paid $500 cash toward two $2,500 bonds.

He owns Matt Hinze Construction, but records show his contracting license expired in March.

Hinze appeared in court Wednesday on charges that allege he took under $10,000 in payment for two construction jobs that he did not complete. He's scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12 on a third charge. Hinze could be sentenced up to five years in prison and fined $10,000, if convicted.

He was also charged for construction fraud between $10,000 and $50,000. Court documents said he was paid nearly $33,000 for a construction job that he did not complete over several months. He allegedly took another $15,000 worth of materials off the homeowner's property, records said. If he's convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000.

The Herald was contacted by three other people who have filed police reports alleging Hinze took payment without finishing promised construction work.

Hinze is scheduled to enter pleas Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and Sept. 12.