Embezzlement case: Woman due in court

MANISTIQUE – A Rapid River woman, accused of embezzling from a Manistique nursing home while she was the director is scheduled to appear in court next week for a preliminary examination.

Jana Chaperon, 39, was arrested last Friday following an intensive investigation into an alleged embezzlement at the Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Facility where she was director for many years.

The alleged crime took place during “a significant period of time” up until she resigned from the administrative position in the summer of 2012, said Det. Sgt. Chris Hayward from the Michigan State Police Detachment in Manistique.

Law enforcement was notified of suspicious activity after being alerted by officials from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, which owned the facility prior to the business being sold last summer.

Following her arrest last week, Chaperon posted a cash bond and was released from police custody, said Hayward.

She was arraigned in Schoolcraft County District Court on Wednesday and officially charged with one count of embezzlement $50,000 to $100,000, a 15-year felony, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a 10-year felony.

Chaperon is scheduled for a preliminary examination in district court on May 22.