Woodland embezzlement proceedings move ahead
MANISTIQUE – A 39-yearold Manistique resident has been bound over to 11th Judicial Circuit Court on charges stemming from an embezzlement investigation at an area nursing home.
Jana Chaperon, of Rapid River, waived her preliminary hearing in Schoolcraft County 93rd District Court on Wednesday, resulting in an automatic bind over. Chaperon was the former director of the Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Facility, a business formerly owned by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.
Chaperon resigned from that position last summer, prior to the facility’s sale to a private buyer.
She is charged with two felonies: one charge of embezzlement of more than $50,000, but less than $100,000; and one charge of using a computer to commit a crime.
If convicted, the embezzlement charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25,000 or 3 times the value of the money or property embezzled, whichever is greater. The use of a computer to commit a crime charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $20,000.
Chaperon is set to appear in court on June 20 at 9 a.m. She remains released on a cash bond.