MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man and a Troy woman were sentenced in U.S. District Court for embezzling more than $725,000 from a Tipp City company on Friday.
Michael J. Wion, 44, formerly of Piqua, recently of Venice, Fla., was sentencing to 48 months in prison for stealing money from Repacorp Inc. of Tipp City where he was a former financial controller. According to court records, Wion pleaded guilty Dec. 4, 2015, to one count of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion.
According to reports, Wion was also ordered to pay $733,640 to Repacorp Inc. and $140,794 to the IRS.
Co-defendant Tess Cremeens, 47, of Troy, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. She was ordered to pay approximately $250,000 to Repacorp Inc. and $70,000 to the IRS. She pleaded guilty Dec. 11, 2015, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion, according to court records. Cremeens was Wion’s former assistant at the custom and digital labeling company.
According to previous reports, Wion and Cremeens were indicted by a Miami County grand jury in March 2012 for embezzling approximately $675,000 together.
According to reports, Wion stole the money using PayPal accounts over the course of five years. The pair also stole money from the company’s payroll.
Wion was arrested at his residence in Florida in May 2012. Cremeens was also arrested in Venice Fla. a few days later.
According to previous reports, in an interview with authorities, Repacorp owner Rich Heinl called Wion a “snake.”
Repacorp Inc.’s corporate headquarters are located in Tipp City.