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

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.

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.