Former senior living worker sentenced for $1.2 million theft

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Brent Shryock was sentenced to 36 months in prison Oct. 22 for stealing more than $1.2 million from a senior living community operator where he worked as an information systems director. He had pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in May.

The count carried a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000, but Shryock agreed to a deal for the three-year prison sentence. He also was ordered to repay the money he stole.

In his position at Wichita, KS-based Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Shryock was in charge of purchasing new or replacement computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment. Between November 2007 and about November 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas, he created four fictitious companies and submitted fraudulent invoices from them, directing payments subsequently made to the companies to post office boxes. Shryock's then-wife, Lori, opened the two post office boxes where the checks were mailed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said, and either of the Shryocks would retrieve the payments and deposit them into their personal accounts.

Lori Shryock is expected to be sentenced Oct. 26 on one count of mail fraud, to which she pleaded guilty in June. She, too, faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The Shryocks originally were indicted in July 2014 on four counts of mail fraud related to the theft of more than $1.5 million.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, according to its website, operates 18 communities offering independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and/or rehabilitative care in Kansas and Missouri.

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