Carols Tours Office Manager Sentenced

2/6/12 – The office manager of the shuttered Beaver Dam travel agency Carol’s Tours was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison and three years extended supervision for embezzling nearly $100,000 from the company. Lisa Hopper used the money to pay her mortgage and credit card bills but also told investigators she was paying for customers vacations when the business fell short on cash. Because of that, the former owner of Carol’s Tours is facing charges of her own. Deb Paul will be in court next Monday when a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to order a trial. Around 200 people paid over $300,000 for vacations that fell through when the company closed its doors in 2008. Paul is accused of paying her own personal bills with company cash and (quote) “robbing Peter to pay Paul” when it came to paying for customer vacations. Hopper, meanwhile, was also ordered on Friday to pay full restitution.