AZ woman Karen Schrank sentenced for $35K steal from dentist AND $1K from local football league

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AZ woman Karen Schrank sentenced for $35K steal from dentist AND $1K from local football league

Karen Schrank, 36,  of Payson, pleaded guilty to a theft charge for embezzling more than $35,000 from a local dentist's office and between $250 and $1,000 from the Payson Youth Football League.

Karen Schrank sentenced to jail and restitution

Schrank entered into a plea agreement and was sentenced on June 28 to a term of 130 days in jail and five years of probation. The agreement stipulates that she must repay her former employer the money she took over a period of four years while employed as the office manager and pay restitution to the football league in the amount of $595.

According to Deputy Gila County Attorney Patti Wortman, Karen Schrank was originally indicted by a grand jury in January on two counts of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes. Schrank was offered the plea agreement with the sole charge of theft.

"We requested 130 days in jail with 30 up front with the rest deferred and five years of probation and restitution," she said.

According to police documents, Sharon Mattern, owner of Desert Dentistry, noticed a discrepancy between her profit and deposit amounts. A detailed audit revealed that cash deposits were missing from the Payson office.

The audit showed that between 2000 and 2003, Schrank was pocketing up to $1,000 per month at times from the office income. The estimated total was $35,650.

Wortman said Karen Schrank was involved in youth football, but did not know when or how she took money from the organization.

The matter was handed over to the Payson Police Department and investigated by Payson Police Det. Steve Johnson.

According to Johnson, Schrank initially denied taking the money, but as the interview went on, she eventually confessed to the theft. Johnson also recalled that Schrank used the extra money to support her children and not for any luxury items.

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A review of Ms. Schrank's criminal history revealed prior convictions in 2003, 2004, and 2007, for fraud and check fraud.  Her Facebook page states that she is self-employed as a medical biller.
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