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Baraga Woman Charged With Embezzlement

A Baraga woman is facing 11 felony charges after being arrested for embezzlement from a bar.

43-year-old Kelly Tapani was arraigned Thursday in Keweenaw County 97th District Court.

She was arrested Wednesday after a several month long investigation conducted by the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Tapani faces charges of embezzlement by an employee or agent, $50,000 or more but less than $100,000 a 15 year felony, embezzlement from a vulnerable adult a 15 year felony, five counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device each a 4 year felony, and four counts of uttering and publishing each a 14 year felony.

The charges stem from Tapani’s position she held at the Vansville Bar in Keweenaw County.

The owner of the Vansville Bar requested the Sheriff’s Office investigate the alleged embezzlement, which took place over a 5 month period in 2017.

Over this time it is alleged Tapani embezzled between $50,000 and $100,000.

Tapani was released on a personal recognizance bond, and is due back in court for a Preliminary Exam on April 12th.

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