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Dance studio closed after owner investigated for embezzlement

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FENTON, MI (WNEM) -

Lisa Bellinger said dance lessons were the only thing on her Christmas list.

"I want my money back but I want my dance lessons," Bellinger said.

Her husband bought them and on Friday, she arrived at Chasse and saw the closed signs.

"We've been married for four years, that was kind of a hook line and sinker, and so he finally bought them and he was going to do them with me this year," Bellinger said.

For now, Bellinger and her husband will need to find a different place for dance lessons.

The owner of the Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio in Fenton is behind bars, accused of embezzling millions of dollars.

Police said he turned himself into the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and confessed to embezzling millions from Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union.

In fact, he’s been embezzling money over a 12-year span, totaling $20 million.

"The credit union is currently in the process of an extensive audit which will likely present evidence to support his confession of stealing 20 million dollars," said Det. Dave Hendrick, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

So far, detectives have frozen seven of his accounts. They believe he stole $1.9 million from October 2015 to December 2015.

People at his dance studio said they'll probably never see their money.

"Not a bad day, God, there's worse things than this, you know. I feel sorry for him because his life isn't going to be the same," Bellinger said.

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