A 49 year-old woman from Houston, Missouri, who worked in her father's dental practice has been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing from her dad.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says that Shirley Ann Scheets was charged with two counts of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 from her father's bank accounts for his dental practice and horse farm.
As the office manager, Scheets handled the business accounts of her father Dr. Glen Schuster.
The federal indictment alleges that Scheets mailed four certificates of deposit belonging to Schuster to Guaranty Bank in Springfield, Mo., with letters instructing the bank to negotiate or “cash out” the CDs on Aug. 23 and Nov. 27, 2006.
The bank was instructed to deduct taxes and penalties as a result of negotiating the CDs prematurely, then send the proceeds to Schuster’s dental office.
Scheets allegedly drafted the letters to appear as if they had been written by Schuster himself. One of the letters was typed on Schuster’s professional letterhead, the indictment says, and she forged Schuster’s signature on both of the letters, all without his knowledge or permission.
The bank mailed four separate checks, totaling $31,119, to Schuster’s dental office. Scheets allegedly intercepted the checks, forged Schuster’s signature on the back of each check, and deposited them into the one of Schuster’s business bank accounts.
Scheets is also accused of writing checks from her father's accounts to other people to pay family expenses.
Scheets' two count indictment was sealed and made public upon her arrest and initial court appearance yesterday (04-02-09).