On May 10, 39-year-old Jana Chaperon was arrested for allegedly embezzling from an assisted living facility where she was employed as director for many years. According to a news article at the Daily Press, Chaperon engaged in embezzling at the Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Facility over a significant period of time.
Officials with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, previous owner of the Manistique facility, notified local law enforcement regarding suspicious activity at the facility. According to Michigan State Police in Manistique Detective Sgt. Chris Hayward, Chaperon was embezzling up until the time she resigned her position as director in the summer of 2012.
Chaperon was charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime, and one count of embezzlement of $50,000 to $100,000 at her arraignment in Schoolcraft County District Court in mid-May.
On Monday June 3, Chaperon waived her preliminary hearing and is now scheduled to head to circuit court on the charges.
Michigan embezzlement attorneys understand the serious criminal penalties individuals accused of these types of theft crimes face if convicted. Anyone found guilty of embezzling property or money valued at between $50,000 and $100,000 will face potential jail time of up to 15 years for this offense, which is a felony. Individuals convicted of this crime will also face a fine of $25,000 or three times the value of the money/property they are accused of embezzling, whichever amount is greater.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for or accused of embezzling, fraudulent activity or any type of white-collar crime involving theft of money or property, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. Action must be taken at once to protect your legal rights, reputation, and freedom. A skilled attorney will work with you to determine the most effective legal strategy and develop a strong defense in order to avoid the negative consequences when possible.