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Former Vermeer employee, and others, charged with fraud

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 A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Scott Randell Whitehead, age 54, and others with defrauding Vermeer Corporation of Pella, Iowa. According to the indictment, Whitehead was Vermeer's maintenance manager. Whitehead allegedly approved $3.6 million in invoices for products from two chemical companies, which were never received by Vermeer. 

Whitehead also allegedly received kickbacks from two chemical companies. He is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. 

Natalia Sheps, age 38; Boris Vaysman, age 63; and Ana Hallon Gallego, age 57 have also been charged. Sheps and Vaysman allegedly controlled one of the chemical companies that received more than $3.1 million from Vermeer, they are charged with conspiracy and money laundering offenses, based on checks written from Sheps and Vaysman. 

Gallego, allegedly controlled the other chemical that allegedly received more than $500,000 from Vermeer. She is charged with conspiracy and money laundering, based on the transfer of funds between bank accounts. 

A trial date is scheduled for May 15, in Des Moines for all four defendants. 

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