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Gas station managers charged with embezzling nearly $200,000

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

CROOKSTON - Two gas station managers were charged this week in state district court in Crookston with theft by swindling after allegedly embezzling nearly $200,000 from Northdale Oil in East Grand Forks over several years.

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The charges against Craig and Tanya Scheer, 50 and 45 respectively, came after an oil delivery driver caught Craig stealing $700 in January, according to court records. The driver reportedly confronted Scheer, who allegedly admitted stealing about $7,000, records indicate. Scheer reportedly told the driver his wife knew about the thefts, according to the court documents.

An auditing report revealed multiple instances of improper and missing transactions and a large number of gift cards that were purchased and possibly used by the Scheers, according to a news release.

Northdale Oil sued the Scheers in civil court in May, and a settlement of $200,000 was reached in July. The Scheers are scheduled to appear in court on the theft charges Aug. 27.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each person.

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