A 49-year-old Clay Center woman has been sentenced to four to five years in prison for embezzling nearly $100,000 from a Hastings company.

Sandra L. Scheffler was sentenced on Thursday in Adams County District Court.

Adams County District Judge Stephen Illingworth sentenced Scheffler and gave her credit for three days already spent in jail. He also found that she lacked the ability to pay restitution in the case.

Scheffler pleaded no contest March 25 to theft by unlawful taking, value more than $5,000, which is a Class 2A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

According to the arrest affidavit, Scheffler began working as a bookkeeper at Hastings Motor Sales/Dykeman’s Camper Place in November 2016 and embezzled more than $98,000 before she was fired in May 2018.

Scheffler reportedly diverted to herself a total of $40,584.22 in money intended for the company from purchase agreements with customers during her employment. She would take transactions paid in cash and keep the profits for herself.

She also paid herself a total of $25,883.79 for fraudulent overtime hours and commission payments to which she wasn’t entitled.  

Another $16,200 was taken in vehicles she purchased from Dykeman’s while she was on the job. Payments were to be made, but hadn’t. With a pickup, she had paid $4,000, but the money had been taken from the company’s funds.

She also pocketed $2,000 from the cash sale of a company vehicle.

Scheffler made a total of $14,057.71 in fraudulent credit card purchases using company credit cards.

Police interviewed Scheffler and she admitted to thefts in the amount of $21,895, taken from purchase contracts customers had made with Dykeman’s.

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