After Assuming The Identity Of A Dead Colleague, NJ Dentist Received A $1.1 Million Fine

blank One New Jersey man sought to carry on the memory of a deceased dentist in a way that has landed him with a hefty bill. According to the New York Daily News, Roben Brookhim will face a $1.1 million fine for assuming the identity of  John Kirkland Jr. Brookhim, 58, reportedly issued bills to Medicaid under Kirkland’s identity at Associated Dental from 2005 to 2012. In addition to this million dollar fine, Brookhim is barred from practicing dentistry for 50 years. In a statement issued by the chief counsel of the Inspector General, Gregory Demske, Brookhim’s case will serve as a lesson to those who plan to follow in his illegal footsteps. “This case sends a strong warning that individuals who intentionally circumvent exclusion to defraud Federal health care programs face substantial consequences.” Demske adds that the 50-year ban is also “one of the longest exclusion periods ever imposed by our office.” Brookhim’s assumed motive for this incident stemmed from the indefinite loss of his practicing license in 2004. reports that medical officials noticed issues with Brookhim’s billing methods, and decided to strip him of his license in 1999, but temporarily. It was revoked five years later when authorities uncovered that he was still practicing the same illegal methods.
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Don’t you think it would be missed? Dubai office employee steals $15k laser from office


DUBAI // A 43-year-old dental clinic employee has admitted to stealing a laser machine worth Dh55,000 but cannot explain why she stole it or where it is.

The Dubai Criminal Court was told that JM, Filipina, worked at a dental centre in Dubai until the device went missing on June 5.

Police were called to the scene and JM initially denied taking the laser but later admitted she left the device in an lift. When police found no trace of it in the lift, they interrogated her further and she admitted to putting the device in a bag and taking it to Deira City Centre and then home.

Her flat and car were searched but the laser was never recovered.

JM awaits a verdict on September 5.

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Ex-VA dentist gets two years of probation for stealing gold, equipment from clinic in Nebraska

blank A former Omaha dentist at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center was sentenced Thursday to two years on probation in the theft of precious metals and dental equipment from the facility.
U.S. District Judge Lyle Strom issued the sentence, which included a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment, after Randall Toothaker, 59, pleaded no contest last month to theft of government property. He faced up to 10 years in prison.
Investigators say Toothaker took more than $16,000 worth of dental equipment and dental gold while working at the VA dental clinic in 2013. Officers searched his car outside the clinic and found a bag containing clinic property.
 Toothaker declined to comment, but his attorney, Alan Stoler, said his client was satisfied with the sentence.
“It’s a fair disposition of this case,’’ Stoler said.
Before Strom’s ruling, Stoler urged probation, telling the judge that Toothaker had compiled “an excellent career in dentistry.’’
“He (Toothaker) has been the subject of much ignominy,’’ Stoler said. “He’s willing to accept punishment from this court.’’
In December, Stoler told the court that Toothaker was working for a dental group in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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TN Dental office worker turns herself in

The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Knoxville, TN)
June 17, 2005

Byline: Bob Fowler

Jun. 17–OAK RIDGE — The former office manager of a husband-and-wife dental practice in Oak Ridge is accused of embezzling more than $60,000 from the business during a six-year period.

Kimberly J. Reed, indicted by an Anderson County grand jury for theft over $60,000, turned herself in to authorities Thursday morning at the Anderson County Jail.

Reed, 43, of Oak Ridge is free on $10,000 bond and will be arraigned June 24 in Anderson County Criminal Court.

Reed worked at Lee & Barton DDS, the Laboratory Road dental practice of Dr. Bill Lee and Dr. Linda Barton, for 14 years.

The indictment alleges Reed embezzled cash from the business from about July 1998 to about June 2004

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West Virginia woman charged with embezzling > $100k

blank CUMBERLAND — A Ridgeley, W.Va., woman turned herself in to police for allegedly being involved in the embezzlement of more than $100,000 from a local dentist’s office. Kecia Lynn Southerly, 44, was charged with forgery, theft and related offenses following a four-month investigation by C3I.

 The case was brought to the attention of police after an internal audit by the doctor’s office determined a large sum of money missing. The investigation revealed that beginning in 2007 and continuing until late in 2009, Southerly allegedly forged the doctor’s name on numerous insurance reimbursement checks, and then cashed them for her own use.

After obtaining numerous bank statements and canceled checks to verify the allegations, investigators obtained a charging document for Southerly, who surrendered to the C3I Warrant/Fugitive Unit on Friday.
 Southerly was released on her own recognizance.

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Southerly also has a lengthy arrest record in Maryland
Kecia Southerly
Age: 50
DOB: 1966-02-11
Location: Allegany County, MD
Records updated: 2017-01-14
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Full Name: Kecia Southerly
Record Date: 26 January 2007
Location: Cumberland
Full Name: Kecia Southerly
Record Date: 26 January 2007
Location: Cumberland
Full Name: Kecia Southerly
Record Date: 26 January 2007
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Full Name: Kecia Southerly
Record Date: 01 October 2009
Location: Cumberland

CT dentist gets prison term for embezzling from practice


February 05, 2004

The co-owner and vice president of a West Hartford dental practice was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay more than $340,000 he fraudulently diverted from the practice.

Dentist Jay L. Mestel, 43, of Weatogue, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September, told U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton that he has already made restitution to West Hartford Family Dentistry, federal officials said.

Arterton ordered Mestel to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on June 11. She also sentenced him to two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine and ordered him to file amended income tax returns.

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VA embezzler sentenced to 31 years; all but two years suspended

Margaret Lawson Martin
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WIRTZ — A Wirtz woman has been sentenced in Franklin County Circuit Court to 31 years in prison for embezzlement and fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs while employed by a Martinsville dentist. All but two years of the sentence was suspended, according to court records. In addition to the prison sentence, Margaret Lawson Martin was placed on supervised probation for three years and ordered to be of good behavior for 30 years. She was also ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution in addition to the $30,000 she has already paid back. Lawson pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to the charges. A no contest plea serves as an alternative to pleading guilty or not guilty and has the same effect as a guilty plea. The embezzlement and prescription drug fraud occurred while Martin was employed by Dr. John Walrod, according to Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cliff Hapgood. Court records show that a grand jury indicted Martin on six counts of embezzlement. Each embezzlement charge was in excess of $200. The grand jury also returned 19 indictments against Martin for obtaining prescription drugs by fraud. The embezzlements occurred in April 2004. The prescription drug frauds occurred between May 2005 and August 2005, according to court records.

Pullman WA woman sentenced for embezzling $437,000


A former office manager for a Pullman dentist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling $437,000 from her employer over 12 years.

Debora Jo Ailor, 47, of Pullman was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Ailor had worked as the office manager for Dr. Delbert Rohn, a Pullman dentist, since the 1980s.

Ailor prepared about 50 checks each month to be drawn on Rohn’s checking account to pay operating expenses and payroll for his practice and to pay his personal expenses, according to a plea agreement.

On essentially a monthly basis, from February 1992 through July 2004, Ailor prepared an additional check that she used to pay bills for a credit card her family used to charge personal expenses – clothes, restaurant meals, entertainment and regional travel, U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt said in a news release.

Her employer was unaware that one of the checks his office manager presented to him in the monthly stack represented payment for her family’s personal expenses, McDevitt said. She concealed the embezzlement from Rohn and an accountant who prepared his taxes by allocating the funds to expense accounts such as office supplies, dental supplies and the owner’s salary, McDevitt said.

The judge also ordered Ailor to serve three years of supervised release when she gets out of prison and make restitution to Rohn in the amount of $445,113.

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VA dental worker gets four years for theft


WILLIAMSBURG — The former office manager for a Williamsburg dental practice was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for embezzling more than $225,000 from her employers.

The crime occurred from Dec. 1997 through Sept. 2002, effectively doubling Georgia L. Brazier’s salary during those years, said Williamsburg-James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike McGinty.

It hurt all the employees at Bennett Butler & Associates on Bacon Avenue because their profit-sharing benefits and bonuses were affected, McGinty said.

The theft was discovered after Brazier left her job — and the office’s income went up right away, McGinty said.

With the help of her family, Brazier, 56, paid $70,000 in restitution Monday, McGinty said. He said the judge ordered her to pay another $160,000 in restitution.

“Mrs. Brazier methodically betrayed our trust, as well as her co–workers and used it for her own personal gain and enjoyment,” said Cory Butler, one of the dentists the defendant worked for. “Her actions were deceitful, selfish, malicious and manipulative.” The sentence should send a message to others who consider embezzling money, Butler said.

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Big Mistake — Chicago dentist reassigns embezzler instead of firing her — creates big issues when she claims unemployment


Being a busy and prominent dentist specializing in children`s trembling mouths, Marvin Berman needed an efficient office manager.

He has seven chairs and nine employees.

And for five years, he was delighted with Debra`s performance as office manager. She was cheerful, punctual and diligent.

Then a problem arose, as can happen in the happiest of offices.

Debra went on vacation. And while she was gone, Berman noticed something strange about the bookkeeping. Some of the numbers didn`t add up.

So he brought in an accountant. And what didn’t add up was about $135,000 in cash payments from patients over five years.

Debra, it turned out, had been skimming and juggling the books to cover it up.

When she returned from vacation, the cops came by the clinic in the Sauganash neighborhood and told her she was under arrest for embezzlement.

By then, Berman had talked to his attorney. And the attorney told him not to fire Debra. Nowadays, you can`t be too careful about firing people, even suspected embezzlers. You might have a federal or state agency on your back. Maybe even the United Nations.

So Berman assigned Debra to another job, where she wouldn’t be near the cash or the kids.

But she didn`t come back to work, which is understandable. There might have been tensions during the coffee break.

A couple of weeks after Debra was nabbed, Berman received a form from the state informing him that Debra had applied for unemployment compensation.

Berman knew that because he was Debra’s last employer, if he didn’t provide a good reason for her being unemployed, he would be stuck with part of the tab.

He filed a protest, saying: “This former employee should not be getting any money whatsoever. She is presently being investigated by the state`s attorney`s office for embezzlement of over $130,000. She has made a confession! I am not paying anything!”

So the paper game began. It was one form or one letter or one form letter after another.

Some of them are real bureaucratic prizes. For example:

“If, with respect to the above individual, you receive a Form BIS-31, Notice to Last Employing Unit, a Form BIS-305, Notice to Chargeable Employer or Other Interested Party, in which the base period ending date differs from the base period ending date indicated above, submit another BIS-22, Notice of Possible Ineligibility, in accordance with 56 Illinois Administrative Code, Chapter IV, Section 2720.130.”

Try figuring that one out after you spend a long day having your fingers chomped by wailing 4-year-olds.

A week or so passed, and Berman received a form letter telling him that his protest had been denied.

“Since the reason for which the claimant was discharged did not constitute a deliberate or willful disregard of the employer’s interest, the claimant was discharged not for misconduct connected with the work.

“Therefore, this determination finds the claimant eligible for benefits.”

To which Berman said: “Huh?” If pocketing $135,000 wasn’t “misconduct connected with the work,” what would she have to do-pluck out Berman`s eyes? So he protested again, telling them that a long police report stated that Debra had confessed but wanted to cut a deal with Berman. Maybe give some of the money back.blank

Berman refused to deal.

The state sent him another letter. Yes, the young lady had been arrested, had been indicted, and was awaiting trial on a felony rap.

But that was not sufficient reason to deny her unemployment benefits.

As one of the letters from a bureaucrat said: “The claimant has not admitted an act of theft connected with the work to a representative of the Director (of the unemployment department). An admission signed by the claimant has not been submitted. The claimant has not been convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“Therefore, the claimant`s benefit rights based upon wages earned prior to the discharge may not be denied.”

See? Debra was no fool. She didn’t walk in to the state office and say:

“Hi, I’d like some comp, but I want to sign a paper admitting that I filched 135 big ones from my last boss.”

So the paper game went on. Berman protested, some other bureaucrat gave him a protest number, his protest was reviewed and denied. And another protest was reviewed and denied.

Meanwhile, Debra’s felony case dragged its way through the crowded court system. A few months ago, a judge found her guilty. She received probation and is supposed to make restitution, but Berman isn’t holding his breath until he sees that $135,000 again.

And recently Berman received still another letter from the bureaucrats.

This one informed him that his unemployment insurance rates were more than quadrupling-to $3,654 a year from $756.

That’s because the premiums go up when there are more claims. So his went up because Debra had filed a claim and collected.

Laughing rather giddily, Berman said: “Why should I pay for it? What did I do? I’m the victim.

“She steals $135,000 from me. I spend $1,000 on a handwriting expert just to be sure it’s her. I leave work many times to attend hearings at the unemployment office and in court, and that costs me money. I have to pay a lawyer and an accountant.

“And now, to add insult to injury, they push my rates up several thousand dollars. What’s going on here?”

Hey, I can’t stand a whiner. Consider yourself lucky, doc. Debra hasn’t sued you, has she?

At least not yet.

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