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Man pleas guilty to stealing Christmas bonus checks, gift cards

A Gillette man accused of stealing three Christmas bonus checks from his co-workers last December has pleaded guilty to felony forgery and theft.

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GILLETTE, Wyo. – A Gillette man accused of stealing his co-workers’ Christmas bonus checks last year has pleaded guilty to forgery and theft, Campbell County court records say. 

Scott Mishler, who in December 2022 was charged with stealing over $1,000 in bonus checks and gift cards from co-workers at TCRI, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of felony forgery and one count of theft with intent to deprive, court records say. 

Mishler’s plea is the result of a plea agreement with the Campbell County Attorney’s Office. 

In exchange for his plea, the prosecution agreed to recommend he receive concurrent sentences consisting of three 4-6 year suspended jail sentences for forgery and a 90-day suspended sentence for theft in favor of three years probation, according to the agreement, which also requires him to pay $992.63 in restitution to TCRI.

Mishler became a suspect in the case after a TCRI representative was notified that three employees had not received their Christmas bonus checks, each accompanied by a $100 gift card to the Prime Rib. 

Bank records, however, showed that each check had either been cashed by Mishler using his South Dakota driver’s license or deposited into his bank account, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. 

Bank surveillance also showed him cashing one of the checks on Dec. 9 and depositing the largest of the three checks on Dec. 12; bank records further showed he mobile deposited the remaining check, per the affidavit. 

A pre-sentencing investigation by the Wyoming Department of Corrections has been ordered, which must be completed prior to sentencing.