VA woman charged in prescription scam



HAMPTON – A part-time receptionist for a dental office was arrested Friday morning on charges she forged prescriptions for drugs for her own use, said Rebecca Feaster, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

Rebecca A. Hundley, 22, of the 300 block of Woodside Drive in Hampton, turned herself in at the General District Court Building about 10 a.m. She was charged with five counts of obtaining drugs by forging prescriptions.

Hundley is accused of forging three prescriptions for Percodan, a pain killer, and Valium, an anti-depressant. The other two charges involve passing forged prescriptions, Feaster said.

Hundley is an assistant manager at a clothing store but worked part-time as receptionist for a dentist’s office, Feaster said.

The State Police Pharmaceutical Unit began investigating Hundley several months ago after the pharmacy filed a complaint, Feaster said.

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Laurel KY dental employees charged with writing fake prescriptions

blankblank Ashley Coffey                                                                                Katrina Dixon LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Laurel County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested two people on Monday afternoon following an investigation into forged prescriptions. Katrina Dixon and Ashley Coffey are both charged with unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says the two worked for a local dentist. According to detectives, Dixon and Coffey were calling in forged prescriptions on dental patients without their knowledge, and then obtaining the prescriptions for themselves. Police say Dixon unlawfully obtained 14 Hydrocodone pills from a pharmacy in another person’s name, and Coffey unlawfully obtained a total of 57 Hydrocodone pills on four separate occasions. “I want to emphasis that this is an on going investigation and that more charges could be coming,” said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. We’re told Dixon and Coffey worked at a dental office in East Bernstadt. We contacted the office where workers told us they had no comment at this time. We also attempted to get Dixon and Coffey’s side of the story from jail, but they did not want to talk. Content retrieved from http://w
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The two women who called in false prescriptions from the dental office where they worked will now face a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court next week. Katrina Dixon, age 35, of MJB Drive and Ashley Coffey, age 25, of Patton Road, both of London, were arrested on Monday afternoon for allegedly calling in forged prescriptions on dental patients, then picking up the prescriptions for themselves. On Tuesday, the continuing investigation by Laurel Sheriff’s Detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell resulted in more charges added to the two women.

 Dixon is now charged with 10 separate counts and Patton faces eight charges of unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance. Both were held under a $1,000 cash bond. Jail records indicate that both women were released on bond on Tuesday evening.

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Former Niagara Falls NY dental office manager spared prison

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Louis J. Carr, 42, of Niagara Falls, the former front desk administrator at a Buffalo area dental office, was spared a federal prison term and was placed on probation for two years by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Wednesday on his conviction for selling about 75 forged prescriptions for hydrocodone last year for $50 to $60 apiece.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said Carr between March 2014 and last September created the forged prescriptions using a stamp with a dentist’s signature. He printed them on the office computer system and then deleted all of them. He was nabbed by an investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the prosecutor said.

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Police say ex-employee stole safe from dental office in Wyomissing, PA

A former employee of a Wyomissing dental office was arrested hours after he broke into the business and stole a safe containing a recent shipment of gold and silver used in making dental crowns, borough police said Tuesday. Officers apprehended Jeffrey L. Milam, 43, about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the morning after the break-in of American Dental Solutions, 1301 Penn Ave., was discovered.
An officer spotted him getting into a taxi cab in the 1100 block of Penn Avenue. Police said Milam bolted from the cab but was caught in a nearby parking lot after a foot chase. Milam, formerly of Shillington but now homeless, was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail after arraignment Saturday before District Judge Ann L. Young in Reading Central Court. He is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and four counts of theft from a motor vehicle. Information about Milam’s employment with American Dental Solutions was not available. According to police: Officers responded to American Dental Solutions about 7:45 p.m. Friday for a report of a possible burglary in process. The owner, Justin Damore, found a back door had been damaged. Earlier in the evening, police were called after a remote garage-door opener was taken from a van belonging to the business that was parked on the street. Police checked the building but and found no one inside. They learned that after several unsuccessful attempts to enter by prying open the door, the burglar entered via the garage door. Damore checked to see if anything was missing and found a safe had been taken from a back room. The garage door opener was found nearby. Damore told the police precious metals worth more than $8,000 that had just been shipped to the business were in the safe. Security camera footage showed a man he recognized as Milam entering the garage and heading to the back room where he picked up the safe and left, shutting the garage door behind him. Throughout the night, police continued to search for Milam, at one point catching a glimpse of him in an alley between Hill and Penn Avenue, until Officer Bryan McIntrye spotted the suspect getting into the cab. After he was arrested, Milam was taken to the police station and searched. Officers found numerous electronics and other consumer items that were taken from cars. He told the police that he entered several unlocked car the previous night on Reading Avenue, the parking lot of Viva Bistro & Lounge and the 700 block of Penn Avenue in West Reading. Milam said that after stealing the safe from the dental office, he walked along the railroad tracks that run parallel to Penn Avenue and hid the safe near the tracks, then walked into Reading. He returned to Wyomissing early the next morning to recover the safe and entered vehicles along the way. Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl said police recovered the safe.
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Virginia woman, convicted of embezzlement, has conviction overturned on appeal



                    COURT OF APPEALS OF VIRGINIA
Present: Chief Judge Moon, Judges Willis and Elder 
Argued by Teleconference
                                           MEMORANDUM OPINION * BY
v.   Record No. 2804-96-2               JUDGE JERE M. H. WILLIS, JR.
                                             OCTOBER 14, 1997
                   Richard H. C. Taylor, Judge
          J. Overton Harris (Campbell, Campbell,
          Herbert & Harris, on brief), for appellant.
          Daniel J. Munroe, Assistant Attorney General
          (Richard Cullen, Attorney General, on brief),
          for appellee.
     Wanda Kaye Turner contends (1) that the trial court
erroneously denied her motion to strike the evidence, and (2)
that the Commonwealth failed to prove venue.    Because venue was
not proven, we reverse the conviction and dismiss the indictment.
     We view the evidence in the light most favorable to the
Commonwealth, granting to it all reasonable inferences fairly
deducible therefrom.   See Traverso v. Commonwealth,

6 Va. App. 172

, 176,
, 721 (1988).
     Dr. Byrd operates his dental office in Hanover County.      From
approximately July 5 until November 21, 1995, Turner was his
primary employee.   Although she performed clerical duties for
him, she was not authorized to use the business checkbook which
was located in an unlocked filing cabinet.
     In December 1995, upon examining his business bank
statements, Dr. Byrd discovered various checks out of sequence
and several checks missing.   He determined that three of the
missing checks had been written for $625.29 each, payable to
Turner.   Dr. Byrd recognized the handwriting as Turner's.   One
check was dated Wednesday, November 8, 1995.    Dr. Byrd testified
that he is not in his office on Wednesdays and that Turner was
the only person in his office that day.
     The bank statements revealed that Dr. Byrd's Central
Fidelity Bank business checking account was short the three
forged checks, each in the amount of $625.29.   Central Fidelity
Bank reimbursed him that amount.
     On March 19, 1996, a grand jury indicted Turner for grand
larceny of "property and/or U.S. currency" belonging to Dr. Byrd.
However, the indictment was amended and specifies that:
         Wanda Kaye Turner on or about June 1st
         through December 1st, in the year one
         thousand nine hundred and ninety-five, in the
         said County, and within the Jurisdiction of
         the said Circuit Court of the County of
         Hanover did unlawfully and feloniously take,
         steal and carry away U.S. currency from
         Central Fidelity Bank by cashing forged
         payroll checks having a value of $200 or more
         belonging to Eliott Bird [sic], D.D.S., with
         the intent to deprive the owner thereof
         permanently against the peace and dignity of
         the Commonwealth of Virginia.
     Turner contends that no evidence proved that the offense was
committed within the trial court's jurisdiction.   The
Commonwealth argues that the checks used to effect the alleged
larceny of Central Fidelity Bank were removed from Dr. Byrd's
office in Hanover County which is within the jurisdiction of the
trial court.   The Commonwealth cites Randall v. Commonwealth,

183 Va. 182


31 S.E.2d 571

 (1944), for the proposition that:
          "The failure clearly to prove venue is
          usually due to inadvertence, flowing
          naturally from the familiarity of the court,
          counsel, witnesses and jurors with the
          locality of the crime; and appellate courts
          will generally and properly lay hold of and
          accept as sufficient any evidence in the
          case, direct or otherwise, from which the
          fact may be reasonably inferred."
Id. at 187, 31 S.E.2d at 573 (citation omitted).
     Code § 19.2-244 provides, in pertinent part, that:    "Except
as otherwise provided by law, the prosecution of a criminal case
shall be had in the county or city in which the offense was
committed."    While "[t]he Commonwealth may prove venue by either
direct or circumstantial evidence[,] . . . the evidence must be
sufficient to present a '"strong presumption" that the offense
was committed within the jurisdiction of the Court.'"     Davis v.

14 Va. App. 709

, 711,
, 287 (1992)
(citation omitted).
     Turner was not indicted for stealing blank checks from Dr.
Byrd or for forgery.   Rather, she was charged with larceny of
U.S. currency from Central Fidelity Bank.   The record is devoid
of any reference to the location of Central Fidelity Bank -- the
alleged situs of the crime.   While sufficient evidence
establishes that Turner removed the blank checks in Hanover
County, we cannot infer upon that finding alone that a
subsequent, separate and distinct offense of larceny of money
from Central Fidelity Bank likewise occurred in Hanover County.
Lacking such proof, the Commonwealth failed to prove that the
larceny occurred within the trial court's jurisdiction.
     The conviction is reversed, and the indictment is dismissed.
                                        Reversed and dismissed.

Connecticut woman accused by fellow employees of stealing fentanyl from dental office

blank BANTAM — A Torrington woman appeared in Bantam Superior Court Tuesday on charges of larceny and narcotics possession after she allegedly stole from the dental office where she worked. Izabela Murray, 38, 42 Seymour Street, was arrested on Sept. 6 and charged with sixth degree larceny and possession of narcotics. The arrest, police said, was based on a July 21 incident and subsequent investigation. According to the affidavit, employees at Dr. Patel’s Dental Center in Torrington filed a larceny complaint on Sept. 6 after reviewing inventory reports for the drug fentanyl citrate, which is used as an anesthetic. Inventory reports showed that ten vials of the drug were unaccounted for. Employees said they suspected Murray, a dental assistant, was responsible. Employees told the police Murray had placed an order totaling $165.70 for ten vials of the drug, but it had not been authorized. They also told the police Murray had reported accidentally dropping and breaking a vial on July 21. Murray allegedly told other employees she did not know what had happened to the missing vials. According to the affidavit, Murray told the police she must have misplaced the vials or they had been thrown away. After learning the entire practice could get in trouble for the missing drugs, Murray reportedly told the police that she had taken them, saying she started sampling the drug to help relax her due to depression. According to the affidavit, she said she broke the vial on July 21 after taking the drug and claimed she broke it, and started taking one vial at a time from the order she placed. She told the police that she had taken a total of six vials, according to the report. Murray is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 27.
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Embezzlement in Scotland — Man Steals £35,000 to Spend on Wedding

blank A COUNTY superbike racer who embezzled thousands of pounds from a dental practice has narrowly avoided a jail sentence.

Stuart Anderson swiped £35,000 from the accounts of Dental Express and, a court heard, splashed out on his wedding to wife Melanie.

Anderson was taken on as finance director at the dental firm in 2009.

The finance expert, of Perth’s Grove, Prestonpans, soon began fleecing the Edinburgh-based company over a 30-month period until his scam was uncovered following a bank audit in 2012.

The Royal Bank of Scotland audit showed thousands of pounds had gone missing from the firm’s accounts and police were called in.

Father-of-one Anderson, who had continually denied any involvement, was subsequently sacked from his position as company director in August 2012.

But Anderson, who races motorbikes for the Kataztrophy Race Team and competes in the Clubman and Scottish Superbike Championships, escaped a prison term after admitting the theft at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Friday.

The 35-year-old was ordered to complete 270 hours of unpaid work and handed a Restriction of Liberty Order which means he must remain in his house between 9pm and 7am for the next 100 days.

The court heard Anderson disputed that he had splashed out thousands of pounds on his wedding held at the exclusive 15th century Dalhousie Castle, Bonnyrigg, in 2012.

At a previous court hearing last month, fiscal depute Anthony Steele told the court that Anderson had used around £13,000 of the embezzled cash to pay for his wedding.

But during last Friday’s hearing, Anderson’s solicitor denied he had spent any of the stolen funds on his nuptials despite the Crown continuing to insist that he had.

Sheriff Frank Crowe noted the social work report stated Anderson “disputes some of the narrative, particularly the funding of the wedding” but following the sentencing the Crown maintained its position that he had indeed used the funds to pay for his big day.

Sheriff Crowe was also told he had paid back the cash taken from the dental firm’s accounts after he had “inherited a financial mess”.

Solicitor Neil Allan, defending, said his client had used cash from his own account to pay dental suppliers but that “[financial] matters became very confused” when attempting to get the money back.

Mr Allan added Anderson had handed back his 25 percent shareholding in the company and had paid £5,000 to his former employers “to pay for legal costs” following an employment tribunal after he was sacked from his position as finance director.

Sheriff Crowe told Anderson: “This is by no means a straight forward case but you have admitted stealing the money from the firm you were entrusted and when you were in control of the firm’s finances.

“You have been very close to going to prison because embezzlement means a breach of trust.

“It is not just stealing money but it is taking money when you have been entrusted with it. I did think very closely of sending you to prison but you have previously been of good conduct and I propose to give you a community package as a direct alternative to custody.”

The superbike racer was originally charged with embezzling £152,231 from Dental Express, in Portobello, Edinburgh, but his guilty plea to the reduced amount was accepted by the Crown at last month’s trial diet.

He pleaded guilty to embezzling £35,000 from Dental Express while acting as Financial Director between January 1, 2010 and July 30, 2012.

“It is not just stealing money but it is taking money when you have been entrusted with it. I did think very closely of sending you to prison but you have previously been of good conduct and I propose to give you a community package as a direct alternative to custody.”

The superbike racer was originally charged with embezzling £152,231 from Dental Express but his guilty plea to the reduced amount was accepted by the Crown at last month’s trial diet.

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The company that you keep…

Sadie Hight

Our Hall of Shame features a couple of articles about the goings on at Dr. Bert Franklin’s office in Tulsa OK.  (See and

In addition to Dr. Franklin (who was charged with murder) and Paige Maples (charged with impersonating a dentist, had previous embezzlement conviction), the office employed a hygienist named Sadie Hight.  Sadie was charged three counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substances by forged or altered prescription.  Happily for Sadie, these charges were dismissed.

However, looking into Sadie’s background revealed that she was disciplined by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry in 2010 for the same offense.  Interesting…

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Ontario woman charged with felony embezzlement




Fraud arrest

The Guelph Police Fraud unit investigation around a reported fraud that was occurring between November 2012 and August 2014 has led to charges.

It is alleged that an employee of a Guelph area business had misappropriated over $5,000 during that time frame into her own accounts.


On March 10, 2016 she was arrested.

Siobhan McLaughlin, 40 years of Guelph has been charged with fraud over $5,000, theft by person required to account, obtaining execution of valuable security by fraud and utter forged document.

She will appear in court on April 29, 2016.

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Prosperident Pulse # 54 Feb 2017

Prosperident’s Dental Prosperident Pulse
Issue #54 — February 2017
In This Issue:
  • Embezzlement Investigation’s “First Family”
  • Upcoming Speaking Dates
  • A note from our CEO


Our most-requested presentation is called “How To Steal From A Dentist”.  And it’s never boring!

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Meet an Investigative “Top Gun”

Wendy Askins is one of Prosperident’s most senior investigators.  In addition to her MBA, Wendy holds the Certified Fraud Examiner designation, which is the “gold standard” for fraud investigation.
Wendy heads Prosperident’s specialized group that investigates embezzlement committed against orthodontists and oral surgeons.  She is also an in-demand speaker for these groups.
Wendy also holds the distinction of having more commendation letters from clients than any other investigator.
We are definitely glad to have Wendy in our cadre.

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Doing Backups Properly

We all know that data is important, and we need to back it up.  Whether a hard disk stops working, or your network has been invaded by “ransomware,” having a proper backup can definitely save your bacon.

When we examine someone’s practice for embezzlement, we start by making a duplicate of their practice management software in our lab.  This allows us to do our work unobtrusively and isolated from the changes that take place daily in “live” software.

Normally our technical staff connects to the client’s server over the internet and uploads what we need to our lab.  However, occasionally we receive a disk drive on which our client has made a backup.

Overall, our experience with these backup media is not good.  It is common for us to receive a backup containing only empty folders.  At other times, we receive an “incremental” backup (i.e., only files changed since the last backup).

Obviously, if you are using cloud-based practice management software, you don’t need to worry about this; for the rest of us, there are a few rules to follow.


Meet An Embezzler — Washington’s Patricia Hart

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Early in 2016, Patricia, of Hoodsport WA, found herself charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from the practice in which she worked over an eight-year period.

We profile Patricia, and about 400 other embezzlers, in our Hall of Shame.  Wondering if an embezzler is working for you? Check it out here —

A Note From Our CEO

Last week, I got an interesting phone call.  The call came from an embezzler who is profiled in Prosperident’s Hall of Shame.  She had been caught embezzling about seven years ago.  At the time, she had managed to pay back the stolen funds, and for that reason did not spend time in prison.

The caller was upset because the owner of the practice in which she worked had seen our Hall of Shame, and suddenly became aware of his office manager’s “baggage.”  The doctor fired her immediately.

I certainly understand how someone, believing that she had put her past behind her, was quickly brought back to reality when losing the job she has held for five years.

The caller explained the circumstances that caused her to embezzle — she married at a young age, quickly had two children, and was then in a position where her husband was not contributing financially.  As she put it to me, she had to decide between feeding her kids and making the mortgage payment.  So she embezzled to survive.

She tells me that since that time, she has gotten back on her feet financially, and the pressures that caused her to embezzle are no longer there.  She spoke with obvious pride about the improvements she made in the practice, and how she has turned her life around, and was bitterly disappointed that her doctor’s perusal of our website brought it crashing down.

I am very much in favor of giving people a second chance.  I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t been the recipient of forgiveness on several occasions.  However, unlike my caller, I had earned my forgiveness by being open about my misdeeds.  In contrast, she began her new “life of honesty” with a falsehood.

My suggestion to my caller was, when seeking her next position, to be open about her past, and to show a prospective employer the benefits of hiring someone like her; who better than she to protect their next boss from embezzlement?

This story also one again shows the poor job that most dentists do when vetting prospective employees; a proper background check at the time of hiring would have allowed her ex-boss to be aware of her background at the time of hiring instead of finding out with a shock five years later.

Thanks for reading.

David Harris CPA, CMA, MBA, CFE, CFF
Chief Executive Officer
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