Former Twin Valley Living Center Sentenced to 45 Days Home Detention & 5 Years Probation
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (12/9/20)
Ada, MN — The former Twin Valley Living Center Director will avoid major jail time after pleading guilty to two counts of felony theft as long as she remains law abiding. 55-year-old Shari Shreiner of Ulen was sentenced on Wednesday, December 9th in Norman County District Court to 45 days of probationary jail time, which can be conducted via Electronic Home Monitoring, and 5 years of supervised probation. She must also pay $8550 in restitution. However, she does face jail time of 12 months and one day for each felony theft count if she does not remain law abiding and meet the terms of her probation.
Court records indicate Schreiner began writing herself checks between November of 2017 and January of 2018 while managing the Twin Valley Living Center. She was accused of embezzling more than $25,000 from the facility during that period, which closed in November of 2018 for financial reasons.
According to Norman County court records, Schreiner had written herself a bonus on November 10th, 2017 for $12,000 and again just a few weeks later on November 27th for $8,000. Neither of the bonuses were approved by board of directors that oversaw the Twin Valley Living Center Operations. On January 9th, 2018, Schreiner wrote herself a check for $3,800 and then also a week later on January 16th for $4,750. The January 16th check was coded as reimbursement for desks that were purchased by Schreiner for the nursing home. However, the Twin Valley Living Center had already paid that invoice.
A few months later on March 29th, a bookkeeper from the Living Center had discovered the self written checks and alerted their auditor of the findings. The board of the Twin Valley Living Center hired an outside attorney to investigate the suspected embezzlement.
On July 25th, 2018, the board met with Schreiner, who then submitted her immediate resignation. It was just under two months later in September when Lutheran Homes, who operated the facility, announced that the Twin Valley Living Center would be closing for financial reasons.
During their investigation which began following Schreiner’s departure, Twin Valley Police Chief Jason Douville discovered that during the period in which Schreiner wrote herself the checks, she was experiencing “considerable financial stress.”