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Manitowoc man accused of embezzling from Sheboygan firm

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A Manitowoc man is accused of embezzling over $300,000 from a Sheboygan firm that makes chairs for health care patients and institutions.

The IRS announced a federal grand jury indictment against 40-year-old Paul La Chapelle Jr. He's scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday on four felony charges of tax evasion, and 10 counts of wire fraud.

According to authorities, La Chapelle was working as a maintenance technician at Nemschoff Chairs in Sheboygan when he began stealing parts from the business in 2009. Officials said he ordered replacement parts, and received 50 percent kickbacks on the values of each order.

Officials said fraudulent payments were wired to La Chapelle's bank account on at least 10 occasions, totaling at least $299,000.

The IRS said he only reported $8,800 as income during that time. He allegedly underpaid his federal income taxes by around $68,000.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)