Former Pella-Vermeer employee indicted for fraud

DES MOINES, Iowa-  A former maintenance manager of the Vermeer Corporation in Pella, has been indicted for fraud, accused of getting kickbacks from two out of state chemical companies.  

The U-S Attorney's Office in Des Moines says 54-year old Scott Whitehead is accused of approving

$3.6 million in invoices for products from two Florida chemical companies, which were never received by Vermeer.

Whitehead is accused of getting kickbacks from the chemical companies.   

He's charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.  He's due in court May 15th.

Three other people, connected to the chemical companies are also charged in the case:   38-year-old  old Natalia Sheps, 63-year-old Boris Vaysman, and 57-year-ld Ana Hallon Gallego.   

Sheps and Vaysman are accused of millions from Vermer,  and are charged with conspiracy and money laundering.   Gallego is with a second company, and is alleged to have received more than $500-thousand from Vermeer.  Gallegao is charged with conspiracy and money laundering.

The four defendants are to appear in U.S. District Court in Des Moines May 15th, when trial dates will be scheduled.

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