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The historic Michigan City courthouse will receive a $21 million upgrade. Work is expected to begin soon and take 18 months. 

A Michigan City woman is accused of embezzling more than $20,000 from her employer.

Shawnique Matchette, 37, is charged in LaPorte Superior Court 2 with level 6 felony theft.

According to court documents, she was executive assistant at Mobile PTO LLC. She had authority to write company checks for business purposes.

However, police said the investigation revealed 48 of the 49 checks in question were made out by Matchette to herself over a three-month period that began in April 2017. The other check she made payable to her landlord, according to court documents.

The checks were written for amounts ranging from $100 to $900, the documents state, for food and other undisclosed miscellaneous items.

LaPorte County police were contacted in August by company owner Terry Vittatoe after he discovered while going through financial records that his business account was short on funds.

According to court documents, Vittatoe told police Matchette quit suddenly two days after the last unauthorized check was written and cashed in late July.

His small company specializes on fixing industrial generators, air compressors and hydraulic equipment.

Vittatoe said he trusted Matchette while he was away on business even though he had just hired her.