A Dry Ridge couple was indicted by a federal grand jury in Covington on Thursday for a conspiracy to defraud Piles Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Buick Inc. in Williamstown out of thousands of dollars.
The 41-count indictment alleges that from March 2007 until May of 2008, Lorna Sluder, a bookkeeper at the car dealership, wrote unauthorized checks totaling $274,000 on the dealership's account(s) to herself, her husband Robert Sluder or her husband's company.
Robert Sluder worked at BB & D Auto and did contract work transporting cars for Piles.
Lorna Sluder, 38, and Robert Sluder, 32, were indicted for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Robert Sluder was also indicted on one count of engaging in monetary transaction in property derived from specified unlawful activity. If convicted, the Sluders face a prison sentence of up to 20 years each.