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Two former Northdale Oil employees were charged in state district court in Crookston this week with theft by swindling after they allegedly embezzled about $200,000 from the business in East Grand Forks, according to the East Grand Forks Police Department.

Owner Scott Reck told officers he suspected Craig and Tanya Scheer, 50 and 45, respectively, had been stealing from the business for several years, according to court records. The Scheers were hired in 2006, documents indicate.

The charges against the Scheers came after a fuel delivery driver caught Craig Scheer stealing $700 from the cash register of the Tesoro gas station in East Grand Forks, according to court records. The driver reportedly confronted Scheer, who allegedly admitted to stealing about $7,000. He also reportedly told the driver that his wife knew about the thefts.

An audit report revealed that the Scheers had embezzled about $200,000, according to court records. The report indicated multiple instances of improper and missing transactions.

“It’s an unfortunate situation … that’s caused a lot of pain,” said General Manager Scott Walker. “You don’t suspect somebody you’re sitting next to for years to be doing something like this.”

There have been only three other instances of embezzlement reported to police in the past decade in the northwestern corner of Minnesota — two in Marshall County and one in Kittson County.

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 make their first appearance on the theft charges in criminal court on Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. according to a press release.

The felony charges each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.