This is why proper background checking is SO important — California dentist who is ordered not to practice uses identity theft to get hired as an associate

A dentist pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges alleging that she performed unnecessary work on several patients in Daly City and then altered a judge’s order and stole someone’s identity to seek other dental jobs during her pending court case, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Amishi Patel, 43, was a part-time dentist at Campus Heights Dental Care in Daly City, where she performed unnecessary dental work on at least eight patients between April 2014 and May 2015, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The case came to light when the family of a patient contacted the Dental Board of California, which contacted the state Department of Insurance, which contacted the district attorney’s office about the alleged insurance fraud, Wagstaffe said.

Among the patients was a 16-year-old girl who Patel recommended receive 16 fillings. Patel performed eight of the fillings before the girl’s father became suspicious and took her for a second opinion, prosecutors said.

Three subsequent dentists determined the girl had no signs of cavities, did not need any fillings and said the eight fillings from Patel were so poorly performed that they needed to be replaced, prosecutors said.

Patel was charged this February for the cases in Daly City and a judge ordered her not to practice dentistry as a condition of her release on bail, but investigators eventually learned she had altered the order to make it appear that it had been rescinded days later, prosecutors said.

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She used the altered order to get temporary employment as a dentist in Fremont, where she treated four patients.

Patel also called another dentist with a name similar to hers, pretending to be from a dental insurance company, and obtained the dentist’s license number that she then used to apply for several dental jobs in Fremont, including an interview attended by an undercover officer, prosecutors said.

Those cases took place between June and July of this year, Wagstaffe said.

Patel pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony insurance fraud, assault, identity theft and forgery on the condition that she receive a sentence of up to a year in county jail and a referral to mental health court, according to the district attorney’s office.

“She got a very light sentence,” Wagstaffe said of the plea deal, adding that San Mateo County Superior Court Donald Ayoob “had leniency for her because he thinks there are mental issues there.”

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to five years in state prison for Patel.

“We think the only mental issue is she’s a fraud,” Wagstaffe said.

The case will return to court on Jan. 12 for an intake conference for the mental health court and to set a sentencing date.

Patel’s defense attorney Jonathan McDougall was not immediately available for comment on the case.

A repeat offender

We previously wrote about Jill D’Angelo, who embezzled more than $475,000, HERE.

However, it appears that not everybody looks at our Hall of Shame, because after spending 41 months in prison, Jill has been at it again.  Here is a recent news article showing what Jill has been up to.  She has now joined an exclusive fraternity known as the Half Million Dollar Club.

A former dental office manager from Pleasant Hills on federal probation after spending 41 months in prison for health care fraud has been at it again, this time using a different name, the FBI says.

Jill Bowser, who had previously been known by her married name, Jill D’Angelo, is charged in U.S. District Court again with embezzlement in connection with a dental practice in Turtle Creek where she worked and forging prescriptions for narcotic painkillers so she could sell the pills.

Bowser, who is in her early 50s, came to the FBI’s attention in January when U.S. probation officers said they were concerned she was forging prescriptions for opioids.

Formerly an office manager of a dental practice in Pleasant Hills, she was convicted of embezzling $475,000 from 2003 to 2010 and was sentenced in 2012 to 41 months behind bars. Since her release in 2014, she’s been using the Bowser name.

In a complaint filed under seal on Tuesday, the FBI said Bowser had been working at a dental office called Steel City Dental Associates in Turtle Creek and had been forging painkiller prescriptions purportedly written by a dentist there identified as “R.K.” The FBI said RK is a dentist at the practice but did not authorize any prescriptions for Bowser.

FBI Agent Ryan Melder said in an affidavit that Bowser also forged the names of other dentists to obtain over 100 prescriptions for painkillers in her name or the names of her relatives and filled them at area pharmacies between 2016 and this year.

Security camera footage shows her at the pharmacies picking up the prescriptions, according to the affidavit.

Agent Melder said he also had the owner of the practice record a conversation with Bowser during which she admitted that she had forged prescriptions and sold the pills “because she needed money.”

The agent said his investigation revealed that Bowser was also diverting checks from insurance companies that were supposed to go to the business bank account but instead went to her own account. From 2016 to January 2018, she deposited 129 checks for about $87,000.

Bowser appeared Tuesday before a federal magistrate judge and waived a detention hearing.

No lawyer was listed for her in court records.

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Maine woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $500,000 from dentist and physician

A Scarborough woman pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $500,000 from a dentist and a doctor.

Carrie Caporino, 46, entered the guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Portland to two counts of embezzlement and one count of Social Security number fraud.

According to authorities, from 2014 to 2016, Caporino embezzled about $295,000 from a dental practice by putting personal charges on office credit cards, using money from the practice to pay a personal credit card bill and a PayPal account, and by writing office checks to cover personal bills, including her rent.

The dental practice, which is not named in court documents, has offices in Portland, Biddeford and Yarmouth.

In 2016 and 2017, federal officials said, Caporino embezzled about $253,000 from a Falmouth doctor by depositing checks intended for the doctor into her personal checking account. She also wrote unauthorized office checks to herself, authorities said.

The Falmouth physician is not identified by name in court documents and is only referred to as the “victim” by the FBI agent who investigated the case.

According to the charges, Caporino also used a Social Security number that was not assigned to her to apply for health insurance when she worked for the dentist.

She faces up to 10 years in prison on the embezzlement counts and up to five years on the Social Security count, along with fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

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Embezzlement News #69 May 2018


Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #69 — May 2018
“Jacob’s Ladder”
What is Jacob’s Ladder?
It could be the biblical connection between Heaven and Earth, or if you are a classic rock fan like our CEO, a Huey Lewis song from the 1980s, but in this case it refers to something different. Jacob’s Ladder is a game-changing piece of software written by our brilliant Chief Information Officer, Jake Hiltz.
With a few clicks of a mouse, Jacob’s Ladder allows a practice owner to schedule an automated and secure upload of what we need from their practice management software.
It makes the process of sharing this information with us simple, quick, and stealthy. Well done, Jake!
You Can’t Get This From A Podcast
Did you know that there is some information that we will ONLY give at closed-door live events?
Come see us live if you want the full story.
Here are some places we will be speaking soon:
May 5 Tumbleweed Study Club, Walland TN
May 5 and 6 American Association of Orthodontists, Washington DC
May 12 Wayne Thelen Dental Symposium, Atlanta GA
May 14 University of the West Indies, Jamaica
May 25 Jasper Dental Congress, Jasper AB
Jun 1 Patterson Dental, Austin TX
Jun 2 Orthopreneur meeting, Dallas TX
Jun 21 Florida Dental Association, Orlando FL
Jul 13 Georgia Dental Association, Fernandina Beach, GA
Aug 25 Chicago Dental Meeting, Chicago IL
Sept 11 Augusta Dental Society, Augusta GA
Oct 1 Wichita District Dental Society, Wichita KS
Oct 4 Southern Association of Orthodontists, New Orleans LA
Oct 11 Victoria & district dental Society, Victoria BC
Oct 23
West Central Wisconsin Study Club
Oct 26 Synergy Business and Legal Symposium, National Harbor MD
Nov 8 NY Academy of Dentistry, New York NY
Nov 28 Connecticut Study Club for Excellence, Manchester CT
Dec 5 Greater Charlotte Study Club, Charlotte, NC
Jan 27 Southwest Society of Periodontists, Dallas TX
Feb 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
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DentalTown Article
Prosperident Supervising Examiner Wendy Askins is definitely at the top of her game. In addition to conducting some of Prosperident’s most challenging investigations, she is an in-demand speaker and author. She has two presentations in May at the American Association of Orthodontists’ annual meeting in Washington DC and her second DentalTown article this year has just been published.
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It’s available HERE.
Our CEO’s Column


A year ago I stood at a crossroads. I had a team member who in various ways, was holding us back and had exhibited elements of dishonesty. The path that I should take was clear, and yet, like many of you who have been in the same place, I hesitated to do what I knew in my heart would be the right thing for the company and my team.
It seems silly now, but I had my reasons to hesitate. Some were selfish – this person had once fulfilled a key role, and I thought to replace them could be difficult. I also wondered if our organization might suffer a morale dip if I let them go. Some of my hesitations were historical – this person had been with me for a long time, and had achieved some good things before their performance dwindled into erraticism.
Thankfully, I found the courage to do what my heart told me was right, and I can’t tell you what a positive experience it has been for us and our clients. Without exception, the other members of our team closed ranks and ably filled any void that might have been created. It was nothing short of amazing to witness the changes that quickly unfolded once that major roadblock to our daily synergy was removed. The management team began to function more smoothly, communicate better, and to make achievements that they, and I, would not have believed were possible one short year ago.
Our business volume has grown dramatically in the past year, and we have had the good fortune to bring on some excellent new team members. None of our current success could have happened if my team had not supported me while I made the extremely difficult, but correct decision to deal with the person creating the troubles in our office.
I hope that you will learn from my example and the lesson is this: embezzlers worm their way into your business and your personal life. They work hard to make you think that you couldn’t possibly function without them. Once they get you to believe this, they are confident that they can steal with impunity and without detection. Maintaining skepticism and taking action on some hard decisions will be the best things you ever did.
If you suspect that all is not well and you are hesitant to investigate or need help to map out a plan of action to enable you and your loyal, trustworthy team members get to a place where you are free to perform your best work, please call us to talk about your situation. We are always happy to help!

David Harris
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