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Resource ID: #17851
Subject: Fraud
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Date: 2022-05-06



Moore explains how ex-convict Charles Suntheimer, a.k.a. Charles Schuler, brought the small company he was hired to turn around to bankruptcy. Among other lies, Suntheimer told his employers at Royal Conservatories that he was a medical doctor with an additional PhD from Harvard, and a participant in the FBI's witness protection program. "The company had hired Schuler even though few of his references checked out." Royal Conservatories fired him in May 2000 after his background was revealed, but it was too late to revive the company. When the company filed for bankruptcy in October 2000, it had $42,503 in assets and $1.5 million in liabilities. The story of the company's demise illustrates how "hiring an unknown quantity can prove to be fatal -- especially for a struggling small business where internal controls are lax and the need to resuscitate the company immediate."

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