The former controller at Tipp City’s Repacorp pleaded not guilty Monday to 15 felony indictments in the embezzlement of nearly $800,000 from the business.
Michael Wion, 42, formerly of Piqua was served with the warrant last week in Venice, Fla., where he now lives.
He and his former assistant Tess Cremeens, 44, of Troy were indicted in March on a dozen or more charges each for alleged thefts from the business between November 2009 and March 2012.
Wion faces one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated theft and 12 counts of telecommunications fraud.
He remains free on a recognizance bond following arraignment in Miami County Common Pleas Court. He made no comment during Monday’s brief hearing.
Cremeens was indicted on one count each of engaging in a pattern corrupt activity, conspiracy to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and nine counts of telecommunications fraud. She pleaded not guilty April 1. Her trial is scheduled for Aug. 13.
Rick Heinl, Repacorp’s president, said Monday he gets “sick to my stomach” whenever he thinks about the thefts and has no qualms about warning others to check everyone they hire.
“Don’t believe anybody. Definitely have them checked out and put checks and balances in place,” he said. “I thought I had checks in place, but had two people working together to get around them.”
Officials at Repacorp, which makes labels and RFID “radio frequency identification” products, contacted police in May 2012 reporting suspicions of theft after Wion said he feared a Pay Pal account had been hacked. Wion then left the company abruptly for a new job in Florida, they told police.