Wow — Albany NY Dentist sues, accusing ex-nun of bilking him out of nearly $1M

ALBANY – A former nun, who nearly 30 years ago was found to have defrauded a group of anesthesiologists, is being accused of draining nearly $1 million from an Albany dentist’s bank accounts.
Dr. James McMahon Jr., who operates McMahon Family Dentistry and J. McMahon Properties, LLC, filed the civil lawsuit Sept. 20, accusing Mary Ann Fuina, 80, of making 37 unauthorized withdrawals from his accounts, totaling $961,000, and using shell companies to hide the withdrawals from McMahon.
The lawsuit also names Fuina’s bookkeeping firm, Billing Electronic Systems Technology, of Colonie, Christine Mosher, an employee at the firm, Barbara O’Brien, the CEO of NorthEast IT Group, and Scott, Stackrow & Co., a Troy accounting firm that both McMahon and Fuina used.
The withdrawals went to cover unspecified personal and business expenses for Fuina, according to the lawsuit.
McMahon and his attorney, Donald Hillmann, declined to comment earlier this week.
Phone numbers associated with Fuina were disconnected; a message to Billing Electronic Systems Technology was not returned. O’Brien and Mosher could not be reached for comment. No one answered the door at an Albany house that records suggest is Fuina’s home.
A representative from Scott, Stackrow & Co., did not return a message asking for comment.
In 1991, a federal jury found in a civil lawsuit that Fuina, a former Sister of Mercy, defrauded Capital District Professional Management Systems by using company assets for her own benefit and made unauthorized credit-card purchases and took loans. The group sued Fuina in 1989 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970, a law originally enacted to combat organized crime.
According to Times Union archives, Fuina worked for Professional Management Systems, a medical billing company set up by the anesthesiologists, for 16 years before resigning in June 1989 to form a rival company, Billing Electronic Systems Technology.
The jury awarded the group $750,000 in damages but did not find that Fuina violated the RICO Act. It does not appear that Fuina was ever criminally charged in that case.
At that time, Fuina was also sued in state Supreme Court for shifting $200,000 in corporate funds into her own bank account and criminal theft of trade secrets when she set up her bookkeeping company before resigning from Professional Management Systems, according to Times Union archives. That lawsuit also named Barbara O’Brien, who left the billing group to go work with Fuina. The results of that lawsuit were not immediately available.
The federal lawsuit alleged that while Fuina worked with Professional Management Services she ran up company debt to embezzle at least $60,000; submitted loan applications with fake signatures of company officers; charged to the firm thousands of dollars of personal purchases, including dog biscuits, bedsheets, a videocassette recorder and bicycle rack; billed the company for $5,510 worth of landscaping at her home; and sold to St. Peter’s Hospital for $19,330 part of the company’s leased telephone system.
It also alleges that Fuina diverted $15,500 through a company called Showcase Construction to one of the three employees who resigned with her and had the company pay about $30,000 to a firm she owned and operated, Management Advice Financial Planning, for work that was never done.
That firm, which was dissolved in 1990, played a key role in the new allegations, which lay out a simpler scheme.
Beginning in early 2017, Fuina allegedly made periodic withdrawals from McMahon’s accounts, typically by taking money from the dentistry’s account or line of credit, moving it to the property LLC and then writing herself a check or writing checks to Management Advice & Future Planning, according to the lawsuit. The LLC later received a check from Management Advice Financial Planning, the firm that Fuina dissolved in 1990.
According to the lawsuit and public records, O’Brien and Fuina are involved in each other’s businesses. The lawsuit claims, but does not exactly say how, that O’Brien either knew of the withdrawals or assisted with them.
McMahon hired Fuina and the other defendants in September 2006 to provide services for the dentistry practice he took over from his father, as well for his personal and business accounts. And McMahon appeared to have no cause for complaint until early 2019 when M&T Bank alerted him about several large withdrawals from his accounts. It was unclear why the bank did not alert him of the withdrawals for nearly two years.
Fuina allegedly made the first withdrawal on Jan. 4, 2017, taking $18,000 from one of McMahon’s accounts, according to a schedule of the alleged withdrawals filed with the lawsuit.
Another $18,000 was withdrawn a month later, followed by $45,000 on Feb. 6, 2017, according to the withdrawal scheduled filed with the lawsuit.
The withdrawals continued, with at least one a month through the end of the year. In August 2017 alone, Fuina allegedly withdrew a combined $101,000 from McMahon’s accounts.
The schedule filed with the lawsuit indicates she made at least some attempts at replenishing the funds. Over a three-day period at the end of December 2017 $200,000 was put back into McMahon’s accounts.
Five days later, Fuina allegedly made another $20,000 withdrawal.
The complaint also alleges that Fuina overcharged McMahon $20,000 for her services and assumed responsibility a $100,000 loan McMahon made to her sister.
Fuina allegedly used the funds for her personal use but the lawsuit does not specify what McMahon believes she spent the money on.
When McMahon confronted her about the missing money, Fuina was evasive and McMahon didn’t learn the full extent of his losses until May 2019, according to the complaint. McMahon said Fuina admitted to taking the money and proposed a restitution plan but also claimed that the money was a loan that she had always intended to repay.
In the complaint, McMahon’s attorney argues that Mosher, one of the Fuina’s employees who had access to McMahon’s check signature stamp, O’Brien, and the accounting firm all either had knowledge of the alleged thefts or should have realized what was going on. The lawsuit alleges, relying on the IP address, that Mosher’s computer was the one used to transfer funds. It does not allege that Mosher directly transferred the funds or received any of the money personally.
It also alleges that since the Scott, Stackrow firm was the accountant for McMahon and Fuina, the firm should have realized that the large, periodic withdrawals were improper and violated the firm’s fiduciary duties.
McMahon is asking for damages, interest and attorney’s fees. None of the plaintiffs filed a reply to the complaint as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Hiring Alert — Illinois

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This woman, who now goes by the name Courtney Lynn Smith, of Yorkville IL, has an extensive criminal record including both forgery and perjury.

She previously used the name Courtney DeWitt.

She is reported to have worked at several dental practices in the Chicagoland area, and there are some reports of missing money.

Here is a mugshot of Courtney. Please be sure to follow proper screening procedures before hiring an employee. Please see https://www.prosperident.com/how-not-to-hire-the-wrong-people-in-your-practice/ for some tips on how to check the background of an applicant properly.

Case OverviewCase TitleDEWITT COURTNEY LCharge (First)FORGERY/ISSUE/DELIVER DOCUMENT

Case #2018CF000415NameDEWITT COURTNEY LCase TypeCriminal FelonyJudgeHON JODY GLEASONCourtRoomROOM 114AAddress807 W JOHNYORKVILLE, IL 60560Show MapStatusPre-trial

Amount OwedParticipant TypeDefendant$.00Next/Last Court Date08/27/2019 at 1:00 PM

Colorado Woman Charged With Embezzling $250k From Orthodontist

June 30, 2004

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Cheryl Dunlap, the woman charged with embezzling more than $250,000 from a local orthodontist while employed there, waived her formal advisement of charges Wednesday. Her next court date was set for Aug. 19 so her attorney, Tom Silverman, has time to read through the “complex and voluminous” documents associated with the case. Dunlap, 46, worked as a bookkeeper for John Traul Orthodontics in Glenwood Springs for 10 years.

She is accused of writing 111 bogus company checks to herself totaling $252,087.62 between April 1999 and February 2004, the arrest affidavit said. Traul first discovered money was missing from his business in March when he was notified by his accountant that Dunlap was suspected of cashing an unauthorized check against one of the business accounts.”Traul stated that there were several checks signed by Dunlap, and there were also several checks that had been deposited but were not signed,” the affidavit said. Dunlap also might have used a signature stamp to forge some of the checks, the affidavit said. The affidavit said Dunlap admitted to police that she stole the money and she wanted to “make it right.”Dunlap told officers, “Everyone knows that I’m guilty, I did it and that it is time that I admit to it,” according to the affidavit. Traul’s orthodontics business has offices in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Rifle.

If Dunlap is convicted on both charges, she could face 5 to 15 years in prison.

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N.Y. Office Manager Sentenced for Embezzlement

Denise Marie Rossi

August 23, 2002

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A former office manager in the dental clinic at 572-bed Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center was sentenced to one to three years in prison for embezzling more than $200,000 during a six-year period. Denise Rossi, 45, also was ordered to pay the hospital $100,000 in restitution.

A tip from another employee first alerted hospital administrators, who conducted a full-scale investigation before turning over their findings to the district attorney, a hospital spokesman said. Rossi, who had check-signing authority, took money paid by patients and insurance companies for dental services. Prosecutors said she used the money for credit card, car insurance and cable bills and car payments, and spent $3,000 to landscape her home. “We’re certainly glad an employee spoke up about this matter. That enabled us to look closely into it,” the spokesman said.

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Maine Embezzler Sent to Prison, Ordered to Pay Restitution

Lori Ann Savage

January 26, 2004

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RANGELEY – A federal judge sentenced a Madrid Township bookkeeper Friday to one-year in prison for engaging in a health-care fraud scheme to embezzle nearly $73,000 from her employer.

Lori A. Savage, 34, the former office manager of Dr. David McMillan’s Rangeley Family Dentistry, was also ordered to pay $72,956.81 in restitution to the dental clinic and to serve two years of supervised release after her prison term.

Savage diverted funds to pay her own credit card bills and other expenses, according to court records.

She faced up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

United States Attorney Paula D. Silsby stated in a release that Savage received a more lengthy sentence because Savage was found to have abused a position of private trust and to have used special skill in carrying out the fraud scheme.

Savage who was paid $13 an hour by McMillan, also owned her own bookkeeping service and had used some of the money to buy “very expensive, top of the line computer equipment.”

Court records show that between Feb. 1, 2000 and Oct. 29, 2002, Savage was the officer manager of the clinic.

Without the authority of her employer Savage prepared and executed 85 checks from the Franklin Savings Bank account of Rangeley Family Dentistry for her own personal use in paying credit card bills an other expenses in her name or the name of a family member.

Savage also made false entries into the clinic’s computerized ledger to conceal the scheme by entering payees and items into the ledger that had never been approved by Dr. McMillan.

Savage also used McMillan’s stamp signature on the checks without the dentist’s permission.

The case came to light in November 2002 after McMillan noticed a $1,000 discrepancy in payment to a supplier recorded in his computerized records.

McMillan brought in his accountant to do an audit.

In 2000, the accountant found that 37 checks were paid to four different credit accounts that did not belong to McMillan: Fashion Bug, Capital One, Universal Card and First Card.

The payments were recorded in McMillan’s office computer system as expenditures for lab and office supplies, an affidavit stated.

Silbsy stated in her release that her hope is that the one-year sentence would serve as a deterrent to others who manage clinics and offices for health care professionals in Maine.

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CA police arrest dental employee and husband for counterfeiting prescriptions

Anacristina and Robert McDaniel

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PASO ROBLES, Calif. – Paso Robles police arrested two people involved in counterfeiting pharmacy prescriptions on Monday morning in Paso Robles. 

The Paso Robles Police Department responded to a Rite Aid Pharmacy on the 1100 block of Creston Road regarding fraudulent prescriptions. 

The pharmacist reported a suspicious trend from a patient named Robert McDaniel who had picked up several prescriptions of painkillers over the past two months. 

The prescriptions were made out to different names but all stemmed from one dentist office. 

The pharmacist called the prescribing dentist office but each time the receptionist gave an excuse why the dentist could not speak on the phone. 

The pharmacist then refused to fill any more prescriptions until she spoke directly with the dentist. 

Officers responded to the dentist office where they contacted an employee Anacristina McDaniel,29, of Shandon and her husband Robert McDaniel, 31, of Shandon. 

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NH woman accused of stealing thousands from Keene dentist

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KEENE — A North Walpole woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a local dentist.

Eileen Fletcher, 28, of 8 Taylor St., North Walpole, is facing up to 15 years in prison on felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking. Fletcher was recently indicted by a grand jury convened in the Cheshire Superior Court.

She is accused of taking payments made to Keene Dentistry and Implants in 2018 while she was an employee there, keeping the money for herself instead of depositing it into the business accounts, according to the indictments.

Fletcher is accused of taking between $1,000 and $1,500 from the business in August, less than $1,000 in October and more than $1,500 in November.

She is charged with class B felony theft by unauthorized taking for August, class A misdemeanor theft by unauthorized taking for October and class A felony theft by unauthorized taking for November.

She was also charged with an additional count of class A theft by unauthorized taking for all three months.

Class A felonies carry a possible prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.

Fletcher is due in court next week to be arraigned on the charges.

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Idaho’s Tina Felshaw has several convictions

Tina Felshaw

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Tina Felshaw of Coeur d’Alene, ID, might be someone to watch out for. Tina, who also sometimes goes by the name Tina Tevebaugh, pled guilty in 2018 in Spokane, WA to felony identity theft.

In a separate offense, Tina was also found guilty in Spokane of felony theft of over $5,000 and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to make restitution of just under $7,000.

Tina has also had a couple of motor vehicle violations in the years 2014-2015 where, notably, she did not pay the fines assessed and the court had to send them to collection agencies.

Tina declared bankruptcy in 2012 and again in 2015.

Tina has reportedly has worked at several dental offices in the Spokane / Coeur d’Alene area, and we are told that some of her part employment relationships may have ended abruptly.

Tina contacted us by email in August 2019 and asked that her post be removed from our website. Her request implied both that she is still working in the dental field and that her current employer is unaware of her past.

Big money in 1997 — Wisconsin manager sentenced for $800k embezzlement

A former office manager for a downtown dental office was sentenced to one year in prison for embezzling more than $800,000 from the business over nearly a seven-year period.

Paula M. Sullivan, 45, formerly of Wilmette and now of Whitewater, Wis., pled guilty to bank fraud.

Sullivan, who managed Katz & Gershenzon Ltd.’s dental practice at 30 N. Michigan Ave., forged hundreds of checks drawn on the firm’s account, authorities said.

Another British embezzlement – manager accused of stealing £302,680 (approx. $375,000)

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THE practice manager at a Taunton dental practice has been accused of stealing more than £300,000 from one of the dentists working there.

Leanne Mary Daniell is to stand trial accused of stealing £302,680 belonging to dental practitioner Mike Biccard, of Parkfield Dental Surgery Ltd.

Daniell, 39, is also charged with committing fraud while occupying a position in which she was expected to safeguard or not to act against the financial interests of the dental practice.

She is alleged to have dishonestly abused her position as practice manager intending to make a gain to the value of £302,680 for herself.

During a hearing at Taunton Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, the case was sent to trial after a “plea of not guilty or none was indicated”.

The court heard that the alleged offences took place between April 1, 2010, and September 3, 2016.

Daniell, of The Witheys, Bristol, also uses the alias Leanne Mary Jeffrey, according to court documents.

The case was sent to Taunton Crown Court for trial by jury on June 17 or a date to be decided by the court.

The defendant was released on unconditional bail.

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