Kansas couple to change pleas in assisted living fraud case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An information systems director at a Wichita company and his ex-wife are expected to enter new pleas this month to charges accusing them of stealing more than $1.5 million from the company, which owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri.

Brent Shryock, of Augusta, Kansas, had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on mail fraud charges but notified the court the day before it was to begin that he wanted to change his plea. His hearing is May 13.

A court notation entered Wednesday shows his ex-wife, Lori Shryock, also plans to change her plea. Her hearing is May 14.

Their defense attorneys did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment for the story.

The two were indicted in July with four counts of mail fraud, and the government is also seeking forfeiture of real estate, vehicles and other property.

The indictment alleges the crimes were committed while Brent Shryock was employed as information systems director for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, the parent company for Presbyterian Manors Inc.; Aberdeen Villages, Inc.; and Ashfield Active Living and Wellness Communities, Inc.

He was in charge of purchasing equipment for the companies.

Prosecutors allege that beginning in Nov. 2007, the couple created four fictitious companies to submit fraudulent invoices. Among them was LGR Technologies, which stood for Let's Get Rich Technology, according to the indictment. The other fake companies they alleged created were Innovative Software Solutions, DT Solutions and Microtech Solutions.

The indictment contends that the couple submitted fraudulent invoices to the assisted living centers using the name of one of their fictitious companies. They would then allegedly deposit the payment into an account of the fictitious company and then transfer the money to one of their personal accounts, according to the indictment.

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