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MADISON — On November 10, 2011, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed complaints charging Deborah I. Paul and Lisa A. Hopper with various felony counts related to the failure of Carol'sTours. Carol's Tours was a business located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, that coordinated trips for individuals.
According to the Criminal Complaints, the business closed in January 2008, leaving numerous people without the trips they had already paid for. Ms. Paul was the owner of Carol's Tours and Ms. Hopper was a long-time employee of the business and was in charge of the financial aspects of the business.
According to the complaint, Ms. Paul is charged with two felony counts of Theft by Bailee for allegedly converting to her personal use money received by Carol's Tours for trips and for trip interruption insurance. The conversions occurred over a period of time.
According to the complaint, Ms. Hopper is charged with Embezzlement and Fraudulent Writings for allegedly taking money from Carol's Tours and paying personal bills over a lengthy period of time while she maintained the books. The Fraudulent Writings count relates to allegations that Ms. Hopper changed the books of Carol's Tours to show that checks written for her personal expenses were for legitimate business expenses.
This case was investigated by the DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Beaver Dam Police Department, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour represents the State.
While Ms. Paul and Ms. Hopper have been charged with criminal offenses, they are both presumed innocent at this time, and the State will need to prove them guilty of the offenses beyond a reasonable doubt. Initial appearances in both cases will be held in the Dodge County Circuit Court on Monday, November 21, 2011, at 10:30 a.m
The Summons and Criminal Complaint for each are available at the following links: