Crime & Courts

Augusta man admits stealing $1.2 million from assisted living center

An Augusta man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

Brent Shryock, 44, was convicted of one count of mail fraud in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement.

Shryock admitted the crime occurred while he was employed as information systems director for the Wichita-based company, which has operations in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Olathe, Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Parsons, Arkansas City, Newton, Sterling and Clay Center.

The company also had operations in Missouri. Shryock was in charge of all computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment, including the purchase of new or replacement equipment for PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield facilities.

In his plea, Grissom said, Shryock admitted that he created four fictitious companies and used them to submit fraudulent invoices, defrauding the company of more than $1.2 million.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 6. The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of three years in federal prison, Grissom said, with restitution to be determined by the judge.

Shryock’s wife and co-defendant, Lori Shryock, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on Aug. 6, Grissom said.

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