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EXCLUSIVE: FBI releases affidavit detailing Manson Insurance fraud

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--Managers of the former Manson Insurance Agency are accused of embezzling nearly $4 million and it seems the victims include hundreds of area businesses and non-profit groups.

Some of victims didn't even know this might have been going on. Newsline 9 has obtained the list citing dozens of businesses that may not even know they were taken advantage of.

The FBI says victims names were being used to get loans without their knowledge. That's according to an affidavit obtained by Newsline 9 Friday afternoon. Charges have not been filed at this point, but this document is the reasoning behind the raid last spring when agents were seen carrying files and computers from the agency's building.

The affidavit says David Scholfield, the owner, and Tim Mathwich his right hand man, are being investigated for mail fraud and embezzlement. The FBI believes there were several patterns of criminal conduct. In some cases business names were forged to get loans and Manson is believed to have pocketed the money. In fact, the FBI says in an interview with Scholfield he admitted doing that.

In other cases they're accused of making false "add ons to invoices." The total amount the FBI believes was taken is around $3.8 million.

Among possible victims Aspirus Incorporated, Gaffney Construction and River Valley Bank.

River Valley Bank took over Manson Insurance last spring but River Valley Bank is not accused in this case. They are listed as a victim. Also, Newsline 9 did reach out to Scholfield and Mathwich but the calls were not returned.


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