An Augusta woman Thursday became the second person to plead guilty to a federal charge of stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

An Augusta woman Thursday became the second person to plead guilty to a federal charge of stealing more than $1.2 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The Wichita-based company owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri.

Lori A. Shryock, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. Shryock’s husband and co-defendant, Brent A. Shryock, 44, of Augusta, pleaded guilty last month and is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 6.

In their pleas, they admitted the crime occurred while Brent was employed as information systems director for PMMA. 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.

Brent created four fictitious companies, two of which were called Innovative Software Solutions and LGR Technologies. He directed payment to be mailed to those companies at post office boxes. Lori opened the two post office boxes where the checks were mailed. Either Brent or Lori would retrieve the payments and deposit them into the Shryocks’ personal accounts. The resulting loss to PMMA totaled $1.2 million.

Lori is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 24. She faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

 

Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.