Embezzlement case ongoing

MANISTIQUE – A former nursing home director, accused of embezzling funds from an assisted living facility in Manistique, was bound over from Schoolcraft County District Court to circuit court on Wednesday.

Jana Marie Chaperon, 39, of Rapid River, allegedly converted funds for her own use while director at the Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Facility.

She was arrested last month and 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.

On Wednesday, Chaperon waived her right to have a preliminary examination in district court. The charges were automatically bound over to the higher court where she may make a plea or go to trial.

According to an investigation by the Michigan State Police Detachment in Manistique, Chaperon allegedly embezzled monies from the nursing home for a long period of time until she resigned in the summer of 2012.

Officials from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital – which owned the facility prior to the business being sold last summer – notified police of the suspicious activity. An intensive investigation led to the arrest of Chaperon who posted a cash bond and was released from police custody.

Chaperon was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in district court next Monday but waived that right on Wednesday. She is scheduled to make her first appearance in circuit court on June 20.