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Tipp City Police Nab Man Suspected of 3rd Degree Felony Theft from Repacorp

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On May 22, 2012 at just after 7:00 PM the Tipp City Police Department along with deputies from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 40 year old Michael J. Wion near his home in Venice, Florida.  Wion was taken into custody without incident while walking his dogs inside the gated community of Stoneybrook.  Mr. Wion is suspected of stealing approximately $466,000 from Repacorp located at 31 Industry Court in Tipp City, Ohio while employed as the company’s controller.

The investigation into the thefts at Repacorp is ongoing and other arrests are possible as we learn more.  Sgt Detective Graham will be flying Mr Wion back to Miami County as early as Thursday, May 24th to face these charges.

 MORE 8:45am

According to authorities involved in the investigation, Mr. Wion served as the Comptroller/CFO for Repacorp and 3rd in the chain of command. They shared that the suspect was the “sole gatekeeper” of the finances for the Tipp City company that manufactures custom labels for a myriad of products and applications. Mr. Wion is believed to have used his access to the finances to transfer these large sums of money out of the Repacorp accounts and into his own.

Speaking to TippNews reporters, Sgt. Detective Chris Graham stated that this activity has been tracked back to 2010, however Mr. Wion had been acting in these financial duties and in that capacity dating back to 2007.  Detective Graham spent most of yesterday on an 8 hour stakeout of Mr. Wion’s residence in Venice Florida located in a gated community.

While representatives of Repacorp were not immediately available to speak with this morning, it is our understanding that they may have been tipped off by the odd behavior and hasty departure of Mr. Wion to go work for Tempest Construction, a construction company in Florida where he would serve in an accounting capacity.

Mr. Wion, currently in custody in Florida may fight extradition to Ohio and has retained attorney Frank Patrizio of Piqua to represent him. If the judge in Florida approves the extradition order, Mr. Wion may return to Tipp City in the custody of the Tipp City Police Department as early as tomorrow.

The immediate charges that have been filed against the subject are 1 count of 3rd degree felony theft. Tipp City Police stress that the investigation is ongoing and that other arrests are possible.

The capture of this suspected fugitive from justice in Florida was a first for Detective Graham and when asked what residents should be left with he replied,”This is a good example of how the Tipp City Police Department, even though it is a small organization, will go to great lengths to protect its citizens and its businesses from criminal activity”.

MORE 11:30am

We spoke with Tony Heinl from Repacorp today regarding the incident and he shared that Mr. Wion was employed by Repacorp for 6 years and had indeed earned a place of trust within the company. “You have to trust the people who work for you, and you have to have a high level of trust for those who manage company finances” shared Heinl.

When asked what surprised Heinl most about the situation he replied, “I mean.. how can a person sleep at night or walk around the office during the day, looking you straight in the eye knowing that they are ripping you off?”

Employees of Repacorp were informed that even though the suspected amounts stolen are large, Repacorp continues to be in very sound financial condition and that there will be no change to its current or future plans for growth.

 

  • guest

    Its not Michaels XLT anymore!

    • guest

      okay really? thats not called for! Mike may have messed up but he’s still a good guy! He was like a second father to me! He is my best friends dad and i know he screwed up but everyone makes mistakes!!

      • Guest

        A mistake is a one time thing that is followed by regret and discontinuation of that same behavior. This guy intentionally stole money over years with complete disregard for the owner and his fellow coworkers. What part of that makes him a good guy again? Next you are going to say Osama bin Laden was a good guy and just made a mistake. You should be exterminated or at least be prevented from reproducing.

  • Guest

    Guess Disney World won’t be seeing him for awhile.

    • Guest

      You are hilarious. No really, grow up.

    • Guest

      You are hilarious. No really, grow up.

  • Guest

    But many people will be seeing Mickey!!

    • Guest

      You are an idot.

      • Guest

        I may be an IDIOT, but at least I can spell.

        • Guest

          Glad we agree that  you are an IDIOT. Probably a dufas as well – loser.

          • Guest

            What are you in Third Grade? Poopyhead!!!

  • Friend

    As someone who knows a lot of the good employees & management at Repacorp…my heart goes out to them all. When trust is lost, even the good people suffer. 

  • Employee

    He deserves whatever is coming to him.  I hope he has a lifetime full of embarassment, humiliation & misery.  I just don’t understand how someone can rip off such a wonderful, giving family.  I couldn’t agree more with Tony’s comment.

  • Kparkfan203

    I’m glad they got him. He needs to pay for what he has done to the company.

  • Jdjii

    Hard to believe but it happens with the one’s you trust.

  • Billwescosbrat

    Karma is a bitch and he gets what he deserves !
    Enough said

  • Employee

    Why anyone could possibly do this, is beyond me. I will only hope that he truly gets what is coming to him and will serve a full and lengthy sentence in prison where he belongs!

  • Guest

    It is certainly nice to know that people here in America give the accused a fair trial, and don’t presume them guilty before proven innocent. I sure hope no one that previously commented on here is part of the jury. If he did do it, then it will be proven during the trial when all the facts are revealed. It is hard for me to believe that this many people think one media outlet has all the facts needed for a conviction. But then again, the general population is uneducated, biased, and quick to judge. Lemmings. 

  • Guest

    Last commenter…who are you? You have no idea. He ic nothing but guilty even he knows it.

    • Guest

      Great solid point. You completely convinced me of his guilt now. Learn to spell and punctuate if you want to be taken seriously.

  • Www Dbelding1

    Very sad. Michael major shame on you!!! You also Tess. Kinda explains a lot. What a crappy thing to do to a company/family that’s been so caring and giving over the years.  Has to be hard for everyone involved (family and kids). Again….sad.

    • Guest2

      Agreed.

    • Guest2

      Agreed.

  • Guest

    So we are outraged by 1/2 million dollars over 5 years, but Obama’s 9 trillion dollar deficit over 4 years gets a free pass? So if Michael gets 10 years in jail Obama should get 180 million years in jail using the same degree of punishment. I digress. How do we know this isn’t just retaliation from Repacorp? They were ok with him cooking the books for 5 years and then when he went to the competitor they finally had a problem with it? I know, he was the guy responsible for catching accounting errors while others took him for his word. But they don’t have a system of checks and balances, and how can the owner overlook $100k/yr unaccounted for? Stealing is wrong, if that is what happened, but part of the blame has to land on the owner, as sad as that may be.

    • guest

       I hope this is a lesson to all small business owners…

    • Maker

      I imagine they have a checks and balance system in place, but there are ways to get around that. What does Government have to do with it, they steal in the public eye, he did it secretly. I don’t see how a construction company is a competitor of a Label company, unless they construct labels….

    • Employee

      What do you mean “work for the competitor”? Repacorp makes labels if you do you research.  This is not the owner’s fault whatsoever.  Stealing is wrong any way you slice it.  This is a small company so it makes no sense to have some huge finance department checking each other out.  

  • Jens friend

    Please keep his family in prayer. This is a terrible shock and hard on all of them. His wonderful wife and kids don’t deserve to have to go through this or see your horrible comments.  And for the record, this was not a hasty departure.  It has always been their dream to move to Florida.  They had been looking for jobs in Florida and when they both received job offers on the same day, they had to move to Florida to start the new jobs in 2 weeks.   I considered it a blessing for them.  Everyone knew they purchased a home in Florida with the intention of someday moving there.  It’s amazing how soon people forget the facts and want to make more out of something than it is by twisting the truth to suit their own purposes.    

    • guest

      His wife was in on it dummy!

      • Guest2

        Wow. You disgust me.

      • Guest2

        Wow. You disgust me.

      • guest

        Wow you people are clueless!!! His wife and daughters were not in on it! Take this from the person with there daughter when her mother called her balling her eyes out telling her what had just happened!!!!

    • Employee

      So you mean to tell me she just thought he got a HUGE raise all the sudden? C’mon now, think about it.  I’m sure they share a bank account…no? I think I’d notice if large sums of money were showing up on my statement!

    • Guest

      Yes, I am sure it has been easy for them to pick up and move to Florida with someone elses money.  I can only hope that some of the money they used to buy their house with was snatched out of your pockets and from your bank account.

    • Guest

      Michael should have thought about the hurt to his family before he stole the money.  From what I understand the police already have a confession from the other party that Michael’s wife was involved.  But the second party could be lying because they were envious of Michael’s wife.

  • Word!

    Who cares about all the facts, comments, and all masses that have convicted him. Assumably, he is guilty, and all that are in his department are presumed guilty by association is more of an outrage. People do dumb things, you’ve done it, I’ve done it. There is only one Judge and one Jury that is God. Today’s society is so quick to judge everyone and everything, forgetting all the while that you are guilty too. My heart aches for all the families involved.

    • Guest

      Are you saying we should do away with the court system and let justice take its course after people die? Should we all just run amuck because, “who cares about all the facts…” Michael lives in a society governed by laws and people who enforce those laws. That’s who cares, every living and breathing person past the point of accountability. Leave it to Jesus is a fine thing to believe if you don’t want to be held accountable for your actions while you are alive. However, Michael is still alive, lives in a society with rules and consequences, and is entitled to a fair trial by a jury of his peers. So in essence, everything you said can be refuted with logic. If your heart hurts you should go to the doctor.

      • Jstbtr1

        That is not what he is saying you obtuse moron. He still needs to be judged by the courts, and by the laws of the Government. Did he do this to you? Is that why your so bitter? I wonder how people would judge you for the things that you have done, I bet your not all candy and sprinkles either. They are simply saying that we as people who are NOT on the jury or in the courts have no right to Judge him upon his actions. That is for the judge to decide. His life all be it a little messed up is his doing. In essence you are saying that you’ve never done anything wrong and are perfect in the eyes of everyone, I seriously doubt that. if you think that  better think again bub. I know I will, he will, and you will  be held accountable for things we’ve done in this life, but you do not have the authority to judge people, unless you have some special ability or title that makes you have that right? Your logic is obtuse and skewed, try again.

        • Guest

          To Jstbtr1, When did we start talking about me and what I have done wrong? You are clearly deflecting from the issue at hand. It amazes me how Christians are the quickest to judge, just as you are doing, when they should be the ones, as you put it, to let God do the judging. You are such a hypocrite! I also find those that start the name calling are the the ones that lack logic or facts to support their arguement. Your rant provided zero evidence to negate anything I said and only made your arguement weak. It is humorous for me to see certain classes of people express their points of view while their emotion gets the best of them. Please, sombody, have something intelligent to say and use logic.

  • You people make me sick…

    Don’t be so quick to judge him unless your own hands are clean. To my understanding there are many other guilty Repacorp employees, not just him. Those employees are the pathetic ones if they’re going to let this entire sum of money be pinned on just him, even if he was in charge of the finances, he wasn’t the ONLY one involved in this, remember that. 
    Talk all of the crap you want on him, but in my years of knowing him Michael has always been a kind man and I still have much respect for him. I know he will take full responsibility for his actions and that’s more than I can say for the other Repacorp employees who were in on this. If bashing him on the Internet makes you feel better about your lives and that’s all you have to do in your spare time, I’m guessing your life isn’t the greatest in the first place. But go ahead, continue acting like little kids trolling on the Internet about the latest gossip. Everyone knows how the media and people like you embellish things until the story becomes nowhere even near the truth. If you all think you and your remaining employees are so perfect, I suggest digging a little deeper, you will be surprised at what you find.All I’m asking is that you idiots politely leave Jennifer and the rest of his family out of this. You’re only making yourselves sound even more ignorant than you already have. From the way you’re talking about her, saying she was “in on it,” it’s very obvious to me that you don’t know her, you’ve probably never even met her in your life except at some company christmas party or something of the like. You don’t know her or what she’s going through. You apparently don’t know the fact that they have been planning on moving to Florida for years, it wasn’t some quick getaway. She has absolutely nothing to do with this, so stop pointing fingers. You are all GROWN adults and I think it’s time you start acting like it. 

    • Guest

      I think you have the longest post of them all. Do you have anything else to do? Thanks for being such an adult about it. I hope I am on this jury so I can say, “My hands aren’t clean so he must be not guilty.” It boggles my mind that you think this way!

    • Andy Heinl

      I am guessing that Jennifer Wion herself posted that comment.  No, Jennifer, you make everyone else sick.  You are no better than a common criminal or rapist.  You WILL be charged with the crimes you knowingly participated in with Michael.  It is you who should be ashamed of yourself and it is your kids whom will forever be ashamed of what horrible parents they have.

  • You people make me sick…

    Don’t be so quick to judge him unless your own hands are clean. To my understanding there are many other guilty Repacorp employees, not just him. Those employees are the pathetic ones if they’re going to let this entire sum of money be pinned on just him, even if he was in charge of the finances, he wasn’t the ONLY one involved in this, remember that. 
    Talk all of the crap you want on him, but in my years of knowing him Michael has always been a kind man and I still have much respect for him. I know he will take full responsibility for his actions and that’s more than I can say for the other Repacorp employees who were in on this. If bashing him on the Internet makes you feel better about your lives and that’s all you have to do in your spare time, I’m guessing your life isn’t the greatest in the first place. But go ahead, continue acting like little kids trolling on the Internet about the latest gossip. Everyone knows how the media and people like you embellish things until the story becomes nowhere even near the truth. If you all think you and your remaining employees are so perfect, I suggest digging a little deeper, you will be surprised at what you find.All I’m asking is that you idiots politely leave Jennifer and the rest of his family out of this. You’re only making yourselves sound even more ignorant than you already have. From the way you’re talking about her, saying she was “in on it,” it’s very obvious to me that you don’t know her, you’ve probably never even met her in your life except at some company christmas party or something of the like. You don’t know her or what she’s going through. You apparently don’t know the fact that they have been planning on moving to Florida for years, it wasn’t some quick getaway. She has absolutely nothing to do with this, so stop pointing fingers. You are all GROWN adults and I think it’s time you start acting like it. 

  • 4ever friends

    I just want to say I do not know if Mike if guilty or innocent and it is not my job to make that decision. The court system will do its job and I am sure of that.
    But, When difficult times come up in our lives, is when you find out who your true friends are. As I am sure Repacorp continues to be financially sound……

    Michael and Jennifer are my friends and have been since 7th grade, I love them and will support them no matter what. It is unrelenting affection that will see them through.

  • THE TRUTH

    To all who comment on here:
     
    Michael Wion is GUILTYof this atrocious crime.  He not only stole from the company but stole from the employees who get bonuses based on how the company does and also how the company grows.  The money he stole could have been re-circulated back into the company which would have allowed them to grow and add more employees to help the City.  Michael and the others involved (which will come out and which INCLUDE his soooo wonderful wife Jennifer) will be prosecuted to the fullest the courts will allow.  They will be found guilty, they will serve their time and their lives will hopefully be destroyed forever, as they have done more harm than any one of you people who are protecting them know.  They could have bankrupted that company throughout hard times over the past 5 years and put many out of jobs. 
     
    I ONLY HOPE THAT ANYONE WHO BACKS creeps LIKE MICHAEL WION AND JENNIFER WION AND THINKS THEY ARE THEIR FRIEND FIND OUT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN STEALING OUT OF THEIR WALLETS, OUT OF THEIR SAVINGS & RETIREMENT FUNDS, FROM THEIR KIDS COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND HAVE BEEN SMILING AND LAUGHING AT YOUR FACES THE ENTIRE TIME YOU HAVE KNOWN THEM.  Only then you will understand what this company and the innocent emplyees are going through right now.  Maybe then you will have a different outlook on how great of people they are.

    So go ahead and all of you that think they know Michael, who think they know about checks and balances, who think they know how to run a succesfull company, who think they know what it takes to employ hundreds of hard working people, who think they know better than the people WHO ARE ACTUALLY DOING IT, take a step back and reflect on what you actually do and what it would mean if someone whom you trusted your life with, spit on it and took it because for some audacious reason thought that they were deserving of your life that you have worked ever so hard for, even though they have never done anything in their meaningless existance to deserve it.
     

    • Maker

      The pay there really isn’t that great, I hear they earn half of what other companies pay for the same position.

      • Guest

        I work there and they pay me fairly. (No, I am not related to the family)  If someone doesn’t like their pay no matter where you work, go try and find a job elsewhere.

  • Sickened

    One comment: Repecaorp is the victim!!! Anybody that would defend a crime like this is cold and messed up!!!!! I hope none of you are ever victims of a crime and get treated like this. By the way, I am not family or an employee, just sickened by you comments!!!!!

  • Guest

    I am an employee at Repacorp, Mr. Heinl is a very kind hearted generous man, I have been touched by a family who actually cares about others. He entrusted these people, I believe that anyone who supports the actions of these folks is so blinded by the act that we all believed. As children we were taught that stealing is wrong whether it is a 50 cent piece of candy or $500,000. A crime is a crime. They knew exactly what they were doing to themselves and their families, children included. They sure didn’t seem to care how their actions affected ANYONE.