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Ex-Wausau Area Builders Assn. head charged with embezzlement

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A former head of the Wausau Area Builders Association is free on a signature bond, after he was charged with embezzling almost $170,000.

43-year-old Christopher Briquelet of Iola appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Friday on 16 charges of theft from a business setting. All but two of those counts are felonies.

He waived the state's time limit for a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors said Briquelet had numerous checks improperly written to him, and he made unauthorized purchases from a builders' association credit card.

Authorities quoted him as saying he blamed alcohol and an addition to Vicodin for what he did.

Briquelet was terminated from the builders' group in March of 2012, after serving for about 3 years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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