Crime & Courts

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from assisted-living-center company

A Butler County woman is the second person to plead guilty to stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, according to a news release Monday from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Newton resident Lori Shryock, 50, joins her husband and co-defendant, Brent Shryock, 44, who earlier pleaded guilty.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is a Wichita-based company that owns assisted-living centers in Kansas and Missouri. The crime occurred when Brent Shryock was employed with the company and was in charge of all computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment, the release said.

He created four fictitious companies and directed payment to be mailed to those companies at two post office boxes opened by Lori Shryock, the release said. The Shryocks would retrieve the payments and deposit the money into the couple’s personal accounts. The loss to Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America totaled $1.2 million.

Brent Shryock pleaded guilty last month and is scheduled for sentencing Aug 6. Lori Shryock is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 24 and faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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