From justanswer.com — I was caught today having forged a prescription from a dentist’s pad

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The following exchange was on the web site justanswer.com, which allows people to ask questions to attorneys.

I was caught today having forged a prescription that a dentist had given me. He accidentally tore off one sheet to many and I used the “other” one to fill 60 Lortabs. When I went to pick them up at the pharmacy the pharmacist said he spoke the the dentist and that he did not wright that script and he was confiscating them.
I spoke to the dentist and told him what I had done and he said he would not press charges. What I want to know is will the pharmacist turn it and will I be prosecuted for this by the DEA?

Expert:  Samuel II replied

hi.  chances are the feds will not prosecute you – however, the pharmacist is obligated to report it to the police and District Attorney in your county and you can be prosecuted on a state level. it is not up to your dentist. it is up to the DA to decide.

Customer:

So do I sit here and wait for them to come and get me…if they even do. Whats the likelihood of something happening. Do I go ahead and get a lawyer?? I have no criminal history, have never been arrested. Am a middle class stay at home mom, that really screwed up. What I’m scared is that someones going to knock on my door and arrest me with my kids and family here
 
Expert:  Samuel II replied

hi.  it is very possible that you could be arrested on a warrant based on the information gathered from the pharmacist. you might consider consulting with a local attorney who can perhaps head off an arrest warrant by talking to the DA and seeing if a subpoena can be issued for court date instead.

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A UK Embezzlement — dental nurse embezzled for three years

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A dental nurse has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) following a public hearing into allegations of a criminal conviction for embezzlement.

The allegation against Jenna McKee (Registration No. 162027) was heard by the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC).

The allegation she faced was that ‘on 20 September 2013 she was convicted at Greenock Sheriff Court of Embezzlement and sentenced to 8 months imprisonment.’

Ms McKee was initially employed as a trainee dental nurse at a dental surgery in October 2005. In 2010, as part of her reception duties at the Practice, she was trusted to handle payments of cash made to the Practice. Her role was to record those payments and to deposit the corresponding funds into a bank account at the end of each week.

Over a period of three years she embezzled a total of £19,316.71 from those funds. Her embezzlement was discovered by her former employer around September 2012.

In considering this case, the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee said:

“The Committee determined that Ms McKee’s behaviour was unacceptable and that it would be regarded as deplorable by both members of the profession and the patients at the Practice, whose payments to the Practice she had embezzled. Her conduct and her ensuing conviction brought the profession into disrepute and had the capacity to seriously undermine public confidence in the profession and its standards. Ms McKee failed to act in a trustworthy way over a substantial period of time and breached a fundamental tenet of the profession.”

Therefore, unless Ms McKee, who was immediately suspended, exercises her right of appeal, her name will be struck off the register in approximately 28 days’ time.


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Unemployment fraud, dental office embezzlement convictions for Illinois woman

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 CHICAGO — A Cook County grand jury indicted a Northwest Side woman Tuesday on charges that she illegally accepted $6,760 in state unemployment benefits while she was working.

Debra Valentino of 5707 W. Goodman St. was charged with accepting unemployment checks from the state between November and May when she was working at an Arlington Heights nursing agency, Atty. Gen. Roland Burris`blankoffice alleged.

Valentino had applied for unemployment benefits after she was charged with embezzling money from a dentist`soffice where she used to work. She since has been convicted on the embezzlement charge.


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NV Woman found guilty in embezzlement

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A dentist’s receptionist faces up to 25 years in prison after being convicted of five counts of embezzlement by a Carson City jury.

Sentencing for Jill Jeter, 46, is set for April 15.

The jury spent a little more than three hours on Thursday discussing the charges before returning with five guilty verdicts.

According to Deputy District Attorney Jason Woodbury, Jeter was accused of intercepting cash payments to the dentist’s office where she worked between Sept. 1, 1999 and Dec. 22, 1999.

He said the prosecution proved she would take payments from clients and then not enter them into the dentist’s accounting system.

A summons was issued for Jeter to appear in court and she was arraigned on May 22, 2000.

In addition to paying an undetermined amount of restitution, Jeter could also face up to $50,000 in fines. Embezzlement carries a sentence of one-to-five years in prison.


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4th embezzlement spree gets New Kent, VA woman six years

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A New Kent County woman will serve six years in prison for embezzling more than $215,000 from a Henrico medical practice. Mary Beth Redford is not unaccustomed to facing punishment for stealing money — this is her fourth embezzlement conviction since 1988 — but the sentence levied against her Wednesday in Henrico Circuit Court was the most severe she has received.

 “When investigators looked at the books (of the medical practice) it was obvious what had happened,” said Assistant Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Owen Conway.

Redford, 44, the mother of two children, left the courtroom in handcuffs. Her previous  convictions in Fairfax, Henrico and New Kent counties resulted in active jail time of 10 months.

Conway said that executives at Advanced Orthopaedics on Shrader Road did not check Redford’s background when they hired her in 2004.


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Cold Case Cracked — 1986 California Murder / Embezzlement case solved by retired detective

blank When Detective Dan Salcedo retired after more than 16 years investigating homicides for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, he wasn’t “looking to do anything other than [go to the] beach and golf.” But in the summer of 2014, just a few months after he’d left his desk, his old department came calling.The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was initiating a Cold Case Homicide Task Force, and they wanted to hire back a few retired investigators to work part-time and head up the team. It was an offer Salcedo, who has more than 200 homicide investigations under his belt, couldn’t resist. He was back, at least a few days a week, as a “part-time retired cold case homicide task force investigator,” as he tells LAist. On March 7, 1986, Dr. Cedric Horn, a 77-year-old dentist, left his home for a business meeting in Northern California, with plans to also visit his daughter in Oregon. Horn never returned. His family members reported him missing on March 13, 1986. His body was never found, although his car did surface in Houston several weeks after he’d been reported missing. According to the O.C. Register, a neighbor claimed at the time that Horn believed that one of his business partners, along with some of his money, had gone missing shortly before his own disappearance. Steven White, a business associate of Horn’s, was identified as a person of interest in the case early on, but White had disappeared from Orange County shortly thereafter and the case had been gathering dust ever since. The Cedric Horn case—which had been cold for nearly three decades—was one of the first that Dan Salcedo looked at when he returned to the force. Salcedo began to pour over the original case book, which had been assembled by the investigators who’d worked on the case in 1986 and 1987. Steven White’s name had been mentioned as a person of interest then, but “him disappearing from Orange County and not wanting to be contacted by our guys” had slowed things down. On Dec. 12, 1987, White had been convicted by a Florida jury for murdering another business associate in April 1987, and had been in a Florida prison facility ever since. “Really not much had been initiated, as far as his involvement in the Cedric Horn case,” Salcedo told LAist. But Salcedo pushed on, he found “some things that the guys back in the day had gathered that pointed to Steven White possibly being responsible for the disappearance.” Salcedo was not able to share details, but he said the evidence was sufficient enough for him and his partner to request a trip to Florida to speak with White about the case. Salcedo and his partner William Griffin—another retired O.C. detective who had returned to the Cold Case task force part-time—traveled to Florida in May 2015. After coordinating with Florida prison officials, Salcedo and Griffin went in to meet White, who is now 66. The suspect was “very cordial and very soft-spoken,” according to Salcedo. If anyone could get a confession out of White, it would be Salcedo. In an O.C. Register story about his retirement, Saucedo’s colleagues and supervisors praised his “old-fashioned detective work,” saying he did his best “when sitting across the table from suspects or knocking on doors. More specifically, the detective was blessed with, as his last supervisor described it, ‘the gift of gab.'” Another supervised compared him to Columbo, the famously chatty ’70s-era television detective. Griffin and Salcedo were cautiously optimistic as they went in to speak with White. They’d come a long way, but the case was still nearly three decades old, and they had no way of knowing if White would be cooperative, as Salcedo told LAist. They needn’t have worried. “[White] let us know what the circumstances were both prior to and following Cedric Horn’s death, and that he was solely responsible for it,” Salcedo said. “I don’t know that without us going here he would have ever confessed to anyone what he had done, ” Salcedo said, adding that he considers their trip to talk to him “well worth it.” White arrived in California Wednesday, and made his first appearance in a Santa Ana courtroom this afternoon. Because White is already serving 25 years to life in his Florida sentence, he now faces a “special circumstance allegation of committing another murder,” meaning he would face at least life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of Horn’s murder, according to City News Service. It’s believed that White befriended Horn to try and convince Horn to enter into business dealings with him, and White is accused of gaining access to Horn’s bank accounts and fraudulently transferring funds from Horn’s account into his own, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. White was charged with Horn’s murder shortly after Salcedo and Griffin returned from Florida, but he fought extradition charges, which is why it took almost a year for him to be brought to California. “There certainly is a satisfaction in it,” Salcedo said.
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New Bern, NC woman charged with embezzling from oral surgery practice

blankA New Bern woman has been charged with seven felony counts of embezzling money from the dental practice where she worked. Kristen E. Hauber, 43, who listed a 105 Meadows St. address, was charged Monday with taking a total of $7,860.50 from the Coastal Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery office, located at 604 McCarthy Blvd., between Jan. 7 and July 1 of this year.

According to arrest warrants, sums taken during that time were: $697.50 on Jan. 7; $785 on Feb. 4; $445 on March 16; $1,269 on April 6; $2,898 on May 2; $1,299 on June 21; and $467 on July 1.

Hauber was released on her own recognizance and was scheduled to have her first court appearance on Friday morning. In North Carolina, a felony embezzlement conviction for less than $100,000 carries a penalty of five to six months in prison. In addition to its New Bern office, Coastal Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has an office in Greenville.
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Lawsuit alleges wife of slain Tarpon Springs FL doctor conspired to kill him; also suspected of embezzling from him

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The children of a 74-year-old doctor stabbed and shot dead two years ago inside his Tarpon Springs home are suing their stepmother, Rebecca Schwartz, claiming she conspired to kill him.

A year after Dr. Steven Patlin Schwartz was killed on May 28, 2014, Tarpon Springs police arrested his handyman, Anton Stragaj, 38, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Rebecca Schwartz, 55, has not been charged in the case. A 13-page complaint filed Wednesday in Pinellas County chronicles several claims against her, including that she helped Stragaj kill her husband, embezzled money from Schwartz and coerced him into changing his will to benefit her more than his three adult children. His estate is worth at least $10 million, court records show.

Wil Florin, the Palm Harbor attorney representing Schwartz’s family, said his death has caused a “tremendous impact” on them.

“Not only did they have the emotional rug pulled out from under them, but they had the financial rug pulled out from under them,” he said. “All of the support that (Schwartz) was providing, which was significant, has been terminated by Ms. Schwartz.”

Rebecca Schwartz could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Her attorney, Denis de­Vlaming, said he planned to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and request that Florin show proof of the allegations.

“Mrs. Schwartz has vigorously denied having anything to do with the death of her husband,” he said. “We’re going to hold their feet to the fire.”

Among the claims in the lawsuit:

Before and after his death, Rebecca siphoned “significant sums of money” from Schwartz’s accounts. She was also “caught embezzling funds” from his practice, Main Street Medical in Dunedin. About one month before the murder, she hired a document shredding service to dispose of several boxes of paperwork that were “likely relevant to the embezzlement of funds,” records state.

The lawsuit also claims that Rebecca told her husband to change his estate plan so that it benefited her rather than his children. The doctor accepted “under the threat of exposing information important to his reputation in the community.”

Florin would not say what information she had. Last year, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Schwartz fatally shot a dentist in New Mexico about 50 years ago. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, but was granted parole in 1971 and pardoned in 1977.

The lawsuit also provides details into Stragaj and Rebecca’s “close personal relationship.” In public, the records say, she referred to him as her “right-hand man” and said Stragaj, for $15,000, “will take care of anyone you want.”

On the day Schwartz was killed, Rebecca told the police she had arrived at the couple’s 1310 Belcher Drive home on the Anclote River and found the house in disarray. Drawers in her bedroom were open and money, jewelry and watches were missing, according to court records filed last year.

Rebecca called 911 and police dogs found Schwartz’s body near the garage. Investigators found Stragaj’s DNA on Schwartz’s shirt.

But the lawsuit claims Rebecca and Stragaj staged a “break-in,” destroying part of a door, removing jewelry from the master bedroom and taking the hard drive of the home’s surveillance system. Rebecca also owns a .22-caliber gun, the suit says. The records state that police have determined the same caliber was used to shoot Schwartz.

Tarpon Springs police declined to comment on the investigation.

Schwartz’s children live in Florida. Kelly May of Spring Hill did not return a call for comment. Casey Schwartz is in prison on a DUI manslaughter conviction, records show. Carter Schwartz is in medical school and referred a reporter to his uncle, James Schwartz, who did not return a reporter’s call.

Rebecca, who married Schwartz in 2010, has two children from her first marriage.

Stragaj of Palm Harbor remains at the Pinellas County Jail awaiting trial.


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Portland, ME woman pleads guilty to stealing blank prescriptions to get oxycodone

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A 32-year-old Portland woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to health care fraud and attempting to acquire oxycodone pills by deception.

From May 2015 until March 2016, Shannon Bragdon stole blank prescriptions from the dentist office where she worked and used dozens of them to pass fraudulent prescription orders at at least nine pharmacies in southern Maine, said U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty in a press release.

 Bragdon was caught by authorities on March 21, when a pharmacist suspected that the prescription Bragdon had presented was fake and called police. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found Bragdon in the waiting area of the pharmacy and arrested her.

She faces as much as four years in prison on the drug charge and 10 years on the fraud charge, and up to $250,000 in fines for each. Her sentencing will be completed following a pre-sentencing investigation.


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FL Dentist steals partner’s prescription pads to get oxycodone

blank A Lauderhill dentist is accused of using his business partner’s prescription pad to get oxycodone, officials said. Joseph Gorfien, a partner at dental practice Gorfien & Jacobsohn, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said that Gorfien used Henry Jacobsohn’s professional license information and prescription pads to forge and fill prescriptions for oxycodone without his partner’s knowledge. When a reporter called the dental practice Wednesday, a recorded message said the office was closed for the day. Gorfien is charged with 11 counts of purchase of oxycodone, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of criminal use of personal identification information. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
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