A Butler county couple was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than $1.5 million from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, a Wichita-based company that owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

In Kansas, the company has facilities in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Olathe, Lawrence, Emporia, Salina, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Parsons, Arkansas City, Newton, Sterling and Clay Center.

Brent A. Shryock, 43, Augusta, Kan., and his wife, Lori A. Shryock, 50, Augusta, Kan., are charged with four counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges the crimes occurred while Brent Shryock was employed as information systems director for the company. He was in charge of all computers, telephones, video information and electronic equipment, including the purchase of new or replacement equipment for PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield facilities.

The defendants are alleged to have created four fictitious companies: LGR Technology, Innovative Software Solutions, DT Solutions and Microtech Solutions. The indictment alleges the initials in LGR Technology stood for "Let's Get Rich." The defendants used the fictitious companies to submit fraudulent invoices to PMMA, Presbyterian Manor, Aberdeen and Ashfield.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.