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Butler County Couple Indicted On Charges
Of Stealing $1.5 Million from Presbyterian Manors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 23, 2014

WICHITA, KAN. – A Butler county couple was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than $1.5 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a Wichita-based company that owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

In Kansas, the company has facilities in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Olathe, Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Parsons, Arkansas City, Newton, Sterling and Clay Center.

Brent A. Shryock, 43, Augusta, Kan., and his wife, Lori A. Shryock, 50, Augusta, Kan., are charged with four counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges the crimes occurred while Brent Shryock was employed as information systems director for the company. He 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.

The defendants are alleged to have created four fictitious companies: LGR Technology, Innovative Software Solutions, DT Solutions and Microtech Solutions. The indictment alleges the initials in LGR Technology stood for “Let’s Get Rich.” The defendants used the fictitious companies to submit fraudulent invoices to PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Thomas F. Fee, 53, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun and one count of unlawful possession of a silencer. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 4, 2014, in Reno County, Kan. Fee was arrested after a standoff with Hutchinson police.

If convicted he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the machine gun count and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on the other count. The Hutchinson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

James Paul Bettes, Jr., 47, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 16, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count. Homeland Security Investigations and the Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Marla R. McDonald, 25, Garden City, Kan., is charged with one count of Social Security benefit fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of mail fraud and 11 counts of wire fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Finney County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Social Security benefits fraud: A maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years to run consecutive to the underlying sentence.
Mail fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Jonearl Smith, 35, is charged with one count of possessing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 12, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life, consecutive to any other count, and a fine up to $250,000 on the first count; and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other counts. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

Diedra N. Sanders, 43, Wichita, Kan., who was a civilian employee at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, is charged with one count of theft of public money and three counts of submitting false reports to the federal government to cover up the theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2013 at McConnell Air Force Base.

The indictment alleges Sanders committed the crime while she was employed as a deputy dispersing officer. The indictment alleges the largest amount stolen at one time was $4,000.

 If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Air Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.


 Coley R. Logan, 19, Fort Scott, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of mail from the U.S. Postal Service. The indictment alleges Logan was employed as a highway contract route driver and the crimes occurred in March and May 2014.

 If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Alexander J. Pauler, 26, Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm following a misdemeanor conviction for a crime of domestic violence. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 30, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Darrell E. Finney, 24, Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 19, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

 If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is investigating.

Kim Householder, 53, Tribune, Kan., is charged with unlawfully possessing a silencer attached to a Ruger SR-22 rifle. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 4, 2014, in Tribune, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is investigating.

Kenneth E. Weaver, 58, Denver, Colo., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 11, 2014, in Allen County, Kan.

 The government is seeking a money judgment against Weaver of $1.4 million, which represents the proceeds of the crime.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

James Michael Post, 53, is charged with failing to register as required by Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 28, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

 Juan Trejo-Martinez, 54, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found July 5, 2014, in Finney County, Kan.

 If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 Juan Lopez-Morales, 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found July 6, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.
         
Pedro Garcia-Cordero, 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found July 7, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 Israel Santamaria-Rodriguez, 32, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found July 10, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 Kent Misak, 58, Wichita, Kan., is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 15, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Ivan Bustamente-Zazueta, 30, Park City, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 15, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on the methamphetamine charge, and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

 Adan Zazueta-Zambada, 35, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 15, 2014, Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on the drug charge and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the immigration charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Jose Oscar Arciniega-Soto, 37, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of firearms following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 15, 2014, in Wichita, Kan.

  If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on the methamphetamine count; not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking; and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other firearm count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

 Jose Maria Santa Cruz, 29, Tucson, Ariz.; Jonatan Jimenez, 20, a citizen of Mexico; Olivia Luisa Aguilar, 31, Tucson, Ariz; and Shalita Dontae Black, 26, Tucson, Ariz., are charged one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling from Arizona through Kansas in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 17, 2014, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million on the methamphetamine count, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other count. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.


In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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