Former Vermeer employee charged with fraud

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DES MOINES – A federal grand jury has indicted a former Vermeer employee on charges of mail and wire fraud.

Scott Randell Whitehead, 54, and others are charged with defrauding Vermeer Corporation of Pella, , according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the indictment, Whitehead was Vermeer’s maintenance manager, and is alleged to have approved $3.6 million in invoices for products from two chemical companies, which were never received by Vermeer. Whitehead is also accused of receiving kickbacks from the two chemical companies: All Industrial Chemical of Hallendale Beach, Florida, and National Chemical Company of Davie, Florida.

Whitehead is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

38-year-old Natalia Sheps, 63-year-old Boris Vaysman and 57-year-old Ana Hallon Gallego are also charged.

The indictment says Sheps and Vaysman controlled All Industrial Chemical, and 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 is alleged to control National Chemical Company, which is accused of receiving more than $500,000 from Vermeer; Gallego is charged with conspiracy and money laundering, based on the transfer of funds between National Chemical Company’s bank accounts.

All four defendants are scheduled to appear in United States District Court in Des Moines on May 15, where a a trial date and other deadlines will be scheduled. 

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Des Moines Resident Agency. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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