Like mother, like daughter?

Sometimes we get interesting calls at Prosperident.

In September 2018, we received a chat request from someone named Vanessa Harpold.  While the conversation took a few twists, eventually she told us that on one of the pages in our Hall of Shame ( https://www.prosperident.com/scottsbluff-woman-receives-30-days-in-jail-and-3-years-probation/) the picture that we display is of someone other than the embezzler, who coincidentally has the name Connie Harpold.

Vanessa’s story (which was basically that there were two people named Connie Harpold in the same town of 15,000 people in Nebraska) had some inconsistencies and generally lacked credibility.  Our research department confirmed that the picture we were displaying was, in fact, the right person, and that Vanessa is actually the daughter of the person convicted of embezzling.

Here are a couple of pictures of  Vanessa, should she ever darken your doorstep:

 

 

 

 

 

The transcript of the chat with Vanessa is somewhat amusing (particularly where the Prosperident team member responding to the chat was having obvious difficulty controlling herself) and a slightly redacted version is reproduced below.


Vanessa Harpold 8:48 PM
joined the chat

(Prosperident staffer) 8:48 PM
Hi, there.

Vanessa Harpold 8:49 PM
Hello! I have a few questions on an article.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:49 PM
Are you a dentist?

Vanessa Harpold 8:49 PM
No I am not.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:50 PM
OK. May I ask your connection with dentistry?

Vanessa Harpold 8:50 PM
I had a family member in that field.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:51 PM
Sure. I may not be the right person to answer your questions, but give it a try, and if I can’t answer them I will find somebody who can address them tomorrow.

Vanessa Harpold 8:51 PM
What happened to the woman in the article about embezzlement charges in Gering?

(Prosperident staffer) 8:52 PM
I am not sure which article you’re referring to. We have about 500 out there.

Vanessa Harpold 8:53 PM
“Nebraka woman recieves 30 days in jail and three years probation” is the title.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:53 PM
And where do you see this article?

Vanessa Harpold 8:54 PM
On this website?

(Prosperident staffer) 8:54 PM
On Prosperident’s website?

Vanessa Harpold 8:54 PM
Yes

(Prosperident staffer) 8:55 PM
Ok. Not to be difficult, but wouldn’t the title of the article answer the exact question you were asking?

Vanessa Harpold 8:55 PM
I mean does she know about the use of her picture, and the sharing of all the personal information?

(Prosperident staffer) 8:56 PM
I have no idea what she knows. And to be clear, this is not “personal information”; it is information that is already in the public domain.

Vanessa Harpold 8:56 PM
I think you should take the picture down.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:57 PM
Why would we do that?

Vanessa Harpold 8:58 PM
Because, she didn’t consent to the usage of her photo.

(Prosperident staffer) 8:59 PM
I’m sorry, but her consent isn’t required. Perhaps you are aware of the First Amendment.

Vanessa Harpold 9:00 PM
Excuse me that is not the correct person. Basically you are slandering this woman.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:00 PM
So you are saying that the picture we have is not the same person as the one who was convicted of this crime?

Vanessa Harpold 9:01 PM
Yes.

Vanessa Harpold 9:02 PM
Take the photo down.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:03 PM
I am disinclined to believe you. It’s funny how your approach changed from “there is personal information there that shouldn’t be“ to “you have a picture of the wrong person” suddenly

Vanessa Harpold 9:04 PM
I am a relative of the woman I’m asking you to take it down, as it isn’t her.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:04 PM
Perhaps you should more fully explain your connection to this matter. I see that you have the same last name as the person convicted.

Vanessa Harpold 9:05 PM
Got me?

(Prosperident staffer) 9:06 PM
As I said, I am a bit skeptical. Nonetheless, since you have brought this up, I will pass your comments to our research department. What is the date of birth of your relative?

Vanessa Harpold 9:07 PM
11/13/64

(Prosperident staffer) 9:08 PM
Thank you. Our research folks will investigate. It will probably take them 2 to 3 days. If they are able to establish that the lightness on the website is a different person than the Connie Harpold in the article, they will remove the picture. In what city and state does your relative live?

Vanessa Harpold 9:09 PM
Scottsbluff NE

(Prosperident staffer) 9:09 PM
So if I understand this, there are two people with this name in the same city, of the same age.

Vanessa Harpold 9:10 PM
They are not the same age genius.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:10 PM
They seem to be pretty close. Do you happen to know the other Connie?

Vanessa Harpold 9:11 PM
Yes actually I do.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:13 PM
So I’m guessing then that you are also related to the other Connie.

Vanessa Harpold 9:14 PM
Not any longer

(Prosperident staffer) 9:14 PM
Does that mean she goes by a different name now?

Vanessa Harpold 9:14 PM
Indeed

(Prosperident staffer) 9:14 PM
Would you mind sharing? That is certainly the easiest way to get the one you were still related to off the hook.

Vanessa Harpold 9:16 PM
Why would I share that information with you (Prosperident staffer)? You would use it to make her into some kind of satanic, money guzzling person. So, im sorry but that information is classified.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:17 PM
OK. I understand. If we have printed the picture of the wrong person, I apologize. As I say our research folks will take a look at this, and we will let you know by email with the outcome is.

Vanessa Harpold 9:17 PM
So your researchers basically stalk these people?

(Prosperident staffer) 9:18 PM
Not at all. However, since you have raise this issue, we now need to deal with it.

Vanessa Harpold 9:19 PM
I think that they do (Prosperident staffer). That picture had to be searched for. By watching this woman for a long time.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:20 PM
I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that picture was taken from some public source. We certainly don’t send people around the country with cameras.

Vanessa Harpold 9:21 PM
I didn’t mean stalking like that. Someone waited until they saw Connie on some social media. Stalking her.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:22 PM
We millennials call that “creeping”. Stalking implies actual physical observation.

Vanessa Harpold 9:23 PM
Do you or do you not “psychially” watch this woman?
You should leave these people alone.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:23 PM
As I said, we do not send people around the country with cameras

Vanessa Harpold 9:24 PM
Why do you need a photo of the person anyway?

(Prosperident staffer) 9:25 PM
We normally publish pictures of people with a history of embezzling from dentists.

Vanessa Harpold 9:26 PM
You cannot use this picture.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:27 PM
Yes, you suggested that before.
As much as I’d like to continue the banter, I am the only person working here tonight, and I do have some other things to attend to. Is there anything else I can help you with?

Vanessa Harpold 9:31 PM
I would like someone else to speak with, higher power than you.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:31 PM
I think I just mentioned that I’m the only person here.

Vanessa Harpold 9:31 PM
Yes genius I can read.
Don’t u have a supervisor?

(Prosperident staffer) 9:32 PM
Congratulations. You must be very proud.
Yes, I do.

Vanessa Harpold 9:36 PM
Do you have contact information for a supervisor I can speak to? I’m sure they’d love to hear about a possible defamation case as well as your snide remarks.

(Prosperident staffer) 9:36 PM
Transcript of this conversation will be automatically sent to them.

Vanessa Harpold 9:39 PM
OK bye (Prosperident staffer)

Another Maryland woman indicted for embezzlement

What is is about Maryland these days?  We seem to be seeing an unusual number of embezzlement matters there.

Our next “subject” is Cherie Tracey-Shreve, who sometimes goes by Cherie Shreve.  Interestingly, it appears that she knows another Maryland embezzler, Kristi Heffington (read about Kristi HERE).

Cherie was recently indicted in Maryland.  Here is the text of the indictment:


STATE OF MARYLAND, Prince George’s County, to wit:

COUNT 1
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN THE DATES OF DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND DECEMBER 19, 2014, DID PRESENT, CAUSE TO BE PRESENTED AND ASSITED IN THE PRESENTATION TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD, AN INSURER, DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS MADE IN SUPPORT OF A CLAIM WITH A VALUE GREATER THAN $300 KNOWING THAT THE DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS CONTAINED FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT A MATTER MATERIAL TO THE CLAIM, IN VIOLATION OF 27-403 OF THE INSURANCE ARTICLE, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (FALSE/MISLEADING INFO FRAUD -$300)

COUNT 2
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND MARCH 30, 2015, DID CONSPIRE WITH KRISTI HEFFINGTON TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY TO PREPARE FALSE DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS TO BE PRESENTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN REGARDS TO CLAIMS FOR DENTAL BENEFITS WITH A VALUE GREATER THAN $300, IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (CONSPIRE TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD)

COUNT 3
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN THE DATES OF DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND FEBRUARY 4, 2015, PURSUANT TO ONE SCHEME AND CONTINUING COURSE OF CONDUCT, CONSPIRE WITH KRISTI HEFFINGTON TO STEAL CURRENCY OF CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD HAVING A VALUE OF AT LEAST $10,000 BUT LESS THAN $100,000, IN VIOLATION OF CR 7-104 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (CONSPIRE – THEFT-SCHEME: $10,000 TO UNDER $100,000)

COUNT 4
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID FORGE, CAUSE TO BE FORGED AND AIDED AND ASSISTED IN THE FORGING OF THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE OF DR. RONALD MOSER ON A CLAIM PRESENTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (FORGERY)

COUNT 5
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID UTTER AND PUBLISH AND ASSIST IN THE UTTERING AND PUBLISHING OF A FORGED SIGNATURE OF DR. RONALD MOSER ON A CLAIM SUBMITTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (UTTERING A FORGED INSTRUMENT)

COUNT 6
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID ASSUME THE IDENTITY OF DR. RONALD MOSER TO FILE CLAIM WITH CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD, IN VIOLATION OF 8 -301 OF THE CRIMINAL LAW ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (ASSUMING IDENTITY OF ANOTHER)

COUNT 7
THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 22nd DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID STEAL CURRENY OF CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD HAVING A VALUE OF LESS THAN $1,000 IN VIOLATION OF CR 7-104 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (THEFT: LESS $1,000 VALUE)

____________________________________
ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY FOR
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

Former OKC surgical center employee, facing embezzlement charges, suspected in more patient thefts

OKLAHOMA CITY – A former surgical center employee, charged earlier this year with embezzling a patient’s refund, is suspected of doing the same to more than 30 other patients to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, according to recently filed court records.

Erin Marie Bokemper, 31, of Midwest City, was charged in March with felony embezzlement and computer crimes after a patient at Oral and Maxillofacial Associates, 3601 NW 138th St., reported she never received her $1,000 refund after backing out of a planned procedure.

“A patient had contacted them and said they were supposed to be refunded a certain amount of money and for whatever reason the money didn’t make it to the patient,” said Oklahoma City police spokesperson Officer Megan Morgan. “They discovered that the employee had set it up to where that money was sent to her personal account, rather than to the patient.”

Bokemper, who was employed as a customer service representative, is scheduled to appear in Oklahoma County court in that case next month. However, new search warrant filings and police records show Bokemper’s alleged diversion of patient dollars extends beyond just the one patient and $1,000.

On June 1, OMA called police to report that an audit the company conducted found that between October 2016 and September 2017, Bokemper allegedly took more than $24,000 from 34 patients accounts and credited the funds to two credit cards, according to police reports and two search warrants filed this week.

“This same employee had done this, multiple times and that it was possible up to $24,000 worth of money had been embezzled by this employee,” Morgan said.

Calls to Bokemper’s attorney went unreturned. An employee at OMA told News 4 it is not commenting.

Content retrieved from: https://kfor.com/2018/07/20/former-surgical-center-employee-facing-embezzlement-charges-suspected-in-more-patient-thefts/


Erin has a previous record, including a string of 2016 felony charges from embezzlement.

First and Last Name
Erin Marie Bokemper
Offense
Jun. 1, 2016
Source
Admin Office Of Courts (Oklahoma)
Charges/Offenses
Embezzlement (Emb) | Using a Computer Network for The Purpose of Obtaining Money and Other Things of Value by Use of a FA | Compu, Using a Computer Network for The Purpose of Obtaining Money and Other Things of Value by Use of a False and Fraudulent Representation, in Violation of 21 O.s. 1951 – 1981 | Emb, Embezzlement, in Violation of 21 O.s. 1451 – 1463

Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $280,000 from dental office

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $280,000 from a dental office.

Officials with the United States Department of Justice say Annette M. Straily, of Comanche, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and singing a false federal income tax return in connection with a $283,000 embezzlement scheme from a Duncan dental office.

Officials say on May 24, Straily was charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return.

From April 2012 until June 2017, Straily worked as the office manager of a dental office in Duncan, Oklahoma.

As part of her job, she prepared checks, paid invoices, managed the accounting system, and maintained the petty cash fund.

Yesterday, officials say Straily pleaded guilty to preparing an unauthorized office check, in the amount of $1,266.80, made payable to herself in February 2017.

Straily reportedly admitted that she forged the signature on the dental office’s check and later presented that check for payment against the dental office’s bank account at a local bank.

As part of her plea, Straily further admitted that she embezzled funds from her former employer from around April 2012 through June 2017.

Straily stipulated in a plea agreement that the total restitution due to the Duncan dental office from the embezzlement scheme is $283,005.11.

In addition to pleading guilty to bank fraud, Straily pleaded guilty to signing a false tax return.

She admitted that on April 13, 2016, she signed a personal federal tax return for the 2015 calendar year that she knew was false because it reported only $49,127 in total income.

At yesterday’s plea hearing, Straily admitted that she omitted on the 2015 return more than $100,000 of embezzled income for that year from the dental office.

As part of her plea agreement, Straily agreed that she owes $54,286 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for the tax loss.

At sentencing, Straily faces up to 30 years in prison on the bank fraud count, plus five years of supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

Straily also faces up to three years in prison on the tax count, in addition to one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Straily will be sentenced in approximately 90 days, officials say.

Content retrieved from: http://kfor.com/2018/06/07/oklahoma-woman-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-more-than-280000-from-dental-office/

Kansas preacher accused of string of crimes against dentists

OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) –

An accused thief who targeted dental offices in Johnson County and elsewhere has been caught by police.

Bruce Byrd appeared in a Johnson County court on Wednesday as he went before a judge to answer to a dozen charges ranging from identity theft to burglary.

He had been on the radar of investigators for a while, accused of targeting the dental offices of Dr. Frank Wolfson at College and Quivira.

Wolfson told KCTV5 News off camera that no one saw a thing when Byrd allegedly walked right through the door, opened the doctor’s briefcase and wallet and left with his credit cards.

He’s accused of charging thousands of dollars worth of merchandise on the card.

Byrd, who’s charged with the same type of crimes near St. Louis, was a preacher before moving to Kansas City.

Copyright 201

Content retrieved from: http://www.kctv5.com/story/38366777/overland-park-preacher-accused-of-string-of-crimes