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Two charged with embezzling $200,000 from East Grand Forks business

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Two gas station managers were charged in state district court in Crookston this week with theft by swindling after they allegedly embezzled nearly $200,000 from the Northdale Oil in East Grand Forks over a period of several years, according to the East Grand Forks Police Department.
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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 to stealing about $7,000, records indicate. Scheer reportedly told the driver his wife knew about the thefts, according to the court document.

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 press 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 for the criminal theft charges on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. in state district court in Crookston according to the release.The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine for each person.

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