Augusta couple charged with stealing $1.5M from assisted living company

07/23/2014 5:22 PM

07/23/2014 5:23 PM

An Augusta couple was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than $1.5 million from assisted living centers by creating fictitious technology companies.

Brent A. Shryock, 43, and his wife, Lori A. Shryock, 50, were charged with four counts of mail fraud in a case involving theft from Presbyterian Manor of Mid-America, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

One of the four fictitious companies’ names was LGR Technology, which stood for Let’s Get Rich Technology, according to a court document.

The crimes allegedly began in November 2007 and continued for six years, the document said.

As Presbyterian Manor’s information systems director, Brent Shryock was in charge of all computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment, including the purchase of equipment.

The Shryocks allegedly used the fake companies to submit fraudulent invoices to Presbyterian Manor of Mid-America and its subsidiaries. The Wichita-based company has assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri.

In other indictments handed down Wednesday:

•  Diedra N. Sanders, 43, Wichita, was charged with one count of theft and three counts of submitting false reports to the federal government in 2013 to cover up the thefts while she was a civilian employee at McConnell Air Force Base.
•  James Paul Bettes Jr., 47, Wichita, was charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child porn in May.
•  Thomas F. Fee, 53, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun and one count of unlawful possession of a silencer on July 4. Fee was arrested after a standoff with Hutchinson police.

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