Embezzlement in Dentistry is Not a Recent Phenomenon — This One From 1857

A new headstone marks the burial place of Emma Cunningham, acquitted of killing her lover.

Back in 1857, they were the hottest names in old New-York. Harvey Burdell and Emma Cunningham — the violent, rapacious and brutally murdered society dentist and his scheming and probably murderous mistress, mutual antagonists in the most lurid true-crime drama of the age.

For well over a century, the pair, essentially disowned by their families, lay interred in unmarked graves a few hundred yards from each other in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, their whereabouts known only to a few history buffs.

No longer. Yesterday, before a rapt if small audience of retrospective voyeurs, two sparkling granite headstones were unveiled: Harvey Burdell, 1811-1857. And Emma Augusta Hempstead Cunningham, 1818-1887. “May God rest her troubled soul,” reads the inscription.

The stones — and Mrs. Cunningham’s epitaph — are the doing of an amateur historian sufficiently obsessed with the case to spend the last seven years writing a book about it.

The man, Benjamin Feldman, a retired lawyer, real estate developer and Yiddishist, insisted that no endorsement of the couple’s evil ways was implied.

“It’s not a question of honoring them,” Mr. Feldman, a thin, ponytailed man with the bearing of a merry undertaker, said after the graveside service, news of which was published yesterday by AM New York. “It’s a question of what in Hebrew is called ‘t’chiyat ha-metim’ — raising the dead. You enlarge all of us when you bring these stories back to life.”

And what a story. In their ever-spiraling battle of bad faith and faithlessness, the two lovers managed to embody many of the ills of the age: the rampant vice and political corruption, the straitened economic and sexual circumstances of women and the destabilizing influence of new wealth on traditional social structures.

The tale, as lovingly told by Mr. Feldman in his book, “Butchery on Bond Street,” boils down to this: Harvey Burdell was a dentist of humble background who built a thriving practice in his four-story town house at 31 Bond Street, midway between the vice dens of the Bowery and the glitzier honky-tonk of lower Broadway. In his spare time, Dr. Burdell, who was divorced, enjoyed gambling, sexual predation and real estate swindling.

Emma Cunningham was a young widow with five children and was desperately seeking a man who could support her and her brood in the manner to which she had grown accustomed. She had been married to a distiller who had squandered most of his family’s fortune.

A tombstone at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was unveiled Tuesday for Harvey Burdell, a dentist who was killed in 1857. Credit Christian Hansen for The New York Times

No one alive knows precisely how Emma met Harvey, but once they got together, in or around 1854, things got pretty intense. They returned from a whirlwind trip to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with Mrs. Cunningham pregnant. She wanted to keep the baby. He did not. She had an abortion, possibly performed by him.

Nothing if not persistent, Mrs. Cunningham insinuated herself into the dentist’s household as the landlady of the rooming house he ran out of his building. They continued their dalliance. She claimed he raped her twice, according to court papers.

“It was not a comfortable relationship,” Mr. Feldman observed.

Mrs. Cunningham tried everything to get Dr. Burdell to agree to tie the knot. She had him arrested for breach of promise to marry. In secret, she did marry a man who told the minister he was Harvey Burdell, but who was almost undoubtedly an impostor.

Three months after the ceremony, on Jan. 31, 1857, Dr. Burdell was found dead in his dental clinic. More precisely, according to The New-York Daily Times, “the body was lying upon the floor, shockingly mutilated, and surrounded with clots of blood, and the door and walls of the room besmeared with blood.”

Not to be outdone, The New York Herald described 6 of the 15 stab wounds. “Twice the steel had pierced the heart, twice the lungs had been reached with the deadly point of the stiletto, while the jugular vein and the carotid artery were both severed,” it said, according to Mr. Feldman’s book.

Then the case really took off. The coroner’s inquest was held in Dr. Burdell’s office, with witnesses testifying in the chair where his patients had recently sat. A recommendation that one of the dead man’s eyeballs be excised and his retina examined for traces of what, or whom, he saw in his dying moments was proposed and discarded. Mrs. Cunningham threw herself on the open coffin and cried, “Oh, I wish to God you could speak and tell who done it.”

More than 8,000 people tried to cram into Grace Church on Broadway at 10th Street for his funeral. Soon after, she was charged with the murder. There being no witnesses, and her lawyer arguing successfully that a member of the weaker sex afflicted with rheumatism was incapable of such a brutal attack, she was acquitted. (Mr. Feldman said he believed that Mrs. Cunningham had a prominent role in the murder even if she did not commit it herself.)

Set free, Mrs. Cunningham tackled her next mission: obtaining Dr. Burdell’s estate, estimated at $80,000. But her claim to be carrying his child was proven false when she was caught taking delivery of another woman’s baby to call her own. And her insistence that she had married Dr. Burdell similarly unraveled in the face of testimony that another paramour had been seen buying a toupee and false whiskers the day of the wedding in order to resemble Dr. Burdell.

Emma Cunningham died a pauper at the age of 69. Harvey Burdell’s murder was never solved. Both were eventually forgotten, until Jeffrey I. Richman, the historian of Green-Wood Cemetery, read an account of the case and included it in a book about the cemetery. Mr. Feldman bought the book in 2000, and a fixation was born. Mr. Feldman and the cemetery split the $6,500 cost of the grave markers.

Yesterday, as a large spider crept across Emma Cunningham’s tombstone in the crisp sunlight, Mr. Feldman recalled his excitement when he first read the twisted tale of Harvey Burdell and Emma Cunningham.

“The interplay between them,” he said, “is one of the most hideous, dysfunctional, psychopathic couplings between man and woman that I’ve ever read. I knew I had to see their graves appropriately marked.”

Content retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/19/nyregion/19headstones.html

California Dental Assistant Sentenced for Role in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three Northern California residents were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. for crimes relating to their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Surjit Singh, 72, of Dublin, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison, his son, Rajeshwar Singh, 44, of Pleasanton, was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison on four counts of mail fraud, four counts of bank fraud, and four counts of false statements on loan and credit applications. Anita Sharma, 56, of Gilroy, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison on two counts of mail fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and two counts of false statements on loan and credit applications. Surjit Singh was ordered to pay a $2 million fine, $698,787 in restitution, and $847,000 in forfeiture. Raj Singh was ordered to pay a $1 million fine, $928,287 in restitution, and $838,399 in forfeiture. Anita Sharma was ordered to pay $603,180 in restitution and $30,000 in forfeiture.

According to court documents, in 2006 and 2007, Surjit Singh recruited individuals with good credit to act as straw buyers for residential properties owned by his family members and associates. Rajeshwar Singh, a licensed real estate agent, assisted in the scheme by submitting loan applications for the straw buyers. Anita Sharma, a dental assistant at the time, was one of the straw buyers. Because Sharma and the other straw buyers could not afford the homes based on their true incomes, the Singhs submitted fraudulent loan applications and supporting material to lending institutions that included false statements about the straw buyers’ income, employment, liabilities, and intent to occupy the homes as their primary residences.

At least 14 properties were involved in the scheme. Anita Sharma alone purchased five homes in San Jose, San Ramon, Elk Grove, Sacramento, and Modesto. Other straw buyers purchased or refinanced properties in Stockton, Modesto, Patterson, Lathrop and Tracy. All of these homes were ultimately either foreclosed upon or sold in a short sale where the bank lets homeowners sell their homes for less than is owed on the mortgage.

Sharma was paid for her involvement in the scheme. Rajeshwar Singh received financial benefits through broker commissions for the transactions and as the seller of seven of the properties. He also continued to occupy the San Ramon property at a time when Anita Sharma should have been living there. Surjit Singh benefitted through payments out of escrow directed to shell companies, such as SJR Investments and BK Investments, which were associated with his daughter and significant other, whose initials are SJR and BK respectively. These payments were purportedly for contracting services, which did not occur. He also benefitted through rental payments made to him and his significant other by the renters of the homes, as the straw buyers were not living in the homes. In addition, many of his family members received money by selling properties and had money directed to them out of escrow. According to court documents and evidence produced at trial, the defendants were responsible for the origination of more than $9.3 million in fraudulently procured residential mortgage loans.

Surjit Singh is in custody.  Rajeshwar Singh and Anita Sharma are scheduled to self‑surrender on January 9, 2019.

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A Different Kind of Embezzlement — DSO Executive Accused of Stealing Trade Secrets

Nathan Cox

Earlier this month, a Nashville, Tennessee company filed a federal lawsuit against its former employee alleging trade secrets misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, among other claims.  The plaintiff, Marquee Dental Partners, LLC, operates dental offices in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.  Marquee purchases existing dental practices and provides administrative services to those practices allowing the doctors and support staff to focus on clinic services and patient care.  In a particularly strongly-worded introductory sentence, the complaint reads: “This case shows what it means to be a faithless corporate executive.” 

According to Marquee, that corporate executive, defendant Nathan Cox, was hired in early January 2016 as the Vice President of Business Development.  Mr. Cox was tasked with helping Marquee grow its network.  Specifically, Mr. Cox’s duties included developing contacts with practices that met certain financial, geographic, and practice-type criteria, cultivating relationships with potential future network members, and gauging their interest in joining Marquee’s network.  Instead of fulfilling his duties, Marquee alleges that Mr. Cox “concealed the confidential and proprietary information Marquee paid him to collect, develop, and maintain for its exclusive use; provided information instead to multiple Marquee competitors—while still employed by Marquee—in an effort to land a higher paying job; and deleted nearly all of his [8,200 emails] on his way out the door.”  Marquee claims Mr. Cox abruptly left the country shortly thereafter.

Marquee recovered Mr. Cox’s deleted emails and allegedly found that, despite his obligations, he withheld acquisition pipeline information from Marquee.  For example, Marquee alleges that one list of potential leads that Mr. Cox sent Marquee included twelve fewer leads than he alluded to in emails to Marquee’s competitors.

Marquee brought its claims under the DTSA which was signed into law effective May 11, 2016.  In order to prevail in their DTSA claim, Marquee will first need to establish that the information Mr. Cox collected were Marquee’s trade secrets.  Then, Marquee will need to establish that Mr. Cox’s activities amounted to the unauthorized disclosure of Marquee’s trade secrets.  Though these elements are familiar under state laws, with less than two years on the books, how the DTSA will be used by Plaintiffs and applied by courts is still to be determined.  If you’re a regular reader, you know we have been keeping our eye out for developments with respect to the DTSA and will continue to do so.

In the meantime, a key lesson can already be gleaned from this case: Trade secret owners must be vigilant.  Even trusted executives can misappropriate.

Content retrieved from: https://blogs.orrick.com/trade-secrets-watch/2017/12/29/worse-than-a-toothache-dental-executive-alleged-to-have-misappropriated-proprietary-business-leads/

Towamencin PA dental office worker charged with giving unauthorized discounts

NORRISTOWN — A former patient care coordinator for a Towamencin dental practice likely isn’t smiling as she fights charges she allegedly gave unauthorized dental discounts to a boyfriend and other customers.

Michele K. Olinger, 49, of the 100 block of Susquehanna Avenue, Lansdale, who is accused of bilking nearly $13,000 from North Penn Dental Arts between 2001 and 2011, filed papers in Montgomery County Court asking that theft-related charges be dismissed against her on the grounds that prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence during a March preliminary hearing and that the charges were filed in violation of the statute of limitations for the alleged crimes.

“The commonwealth failed to present any evidence whatsoever that the defen- dant acted with an intent to deceive or to defraud,” defense lawyer Judith L. Watts wrote in court papers filed on Wednesday.

Watts also argued that prosecutors failed to present any evidence that Olinger lacked authority to use the company’s computer system or exceeded the authority given to her use of the computer system.

Watts claimed the statute of limitations for the alleged crimes expired between 2006 and 2009 and therefore the charges should be dismissed.

Because information contained within the computer records of North Penn Dental Arts form the basis for the charges against Olinger, Watts has asked a judge to order the business to preserve its computer system “and to make said system available for inspection by a third party computer company to be hired by defendant.”

Prosecutor Erik Crocker will have the chance to address Olinger’s requests when a judge schedules a pretrial hearing on the matter. A hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

In the meantime, Olinger remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail while she awaits trial on charges of theft of services, theft by deception, forgery, tampering with records, computer trespass and unlawful use of a computer. If she’s convicted of all the charges at trial, Olinger faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison.

Olinger has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

An investigation of Olinger began in September 2011 when the co-owner and managing director of the dental business located in the 1500 block of Sumneytown Pike reported the alleged thefts that occurred between March 2001 and June 2011. Olinger began her employment with the company in June 2000, court papers indicate.

The business, detectives alleged, had a policy that stated that only spouses and dependent children of employees were provided a 50 percent discount. All other discounts were to be approved by a company co-owner, detectives alleged.

Between March 2001 and June 2011, Olinger “would provide unauthorized discounts to patients” that defrauded the business of $12,922, according to the arrest affidavit. According to patient billing records, “these discounts were given to Olinger’s boyfriend and family members of the boyfriend or Michele Olinger,” Wittenberger alleged in the criminal complaint.

The discounts were not authorized by the co-owners of the business, detectives alleged.

“Olinger would employ different methods of accounting for the discounts. One method was applying the discount directly to the patient’s account, without authorization,” Wittenberger alleged. “Another method was to transfer the patient’s balance to Olinger’s account and then applying the discount.”

Content retrieved from: The Mercury (Pottstown, PA)11 May 2012By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@journalregister.com

Illinois woman charged with embezzling $600k from practice. Husband charged also.

A woman who worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for an Arlington Heights dentist was charged with aggravated identity theft, financial fraud and theft for, authorities allege, stealing more than $600,000 from her employer over about six years beginning in 2009.

Charged along with Caren Irsuto, 56, was her husband Scott Irsuto, 58, who faces theft and financial fraud charges.

In setting Caren Irsuto’s bond at $600,000, Cook County Judge Marc Martin seemingly referenced the money authorities say she stole. Martin ordered Scott Irsuto held on $28,000 cash bail, the loss authorities attributed to him. Each must post the entire amount to be released from custody.

Caren Irsuto’s actions “had a devastating impact on the dental practice,” said Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Karen Crothers, who described the dentist as a solo practitioner who noticed the theft in early 2016 after “an increase in business without a corresponding increase in revenue.”

He brought in a consultant and relieved Caren Irsuto of her duties, Crothers said.

On a subsequent Sunday when the office was closed, the dentist and his wife drove by the office and saw Caren and Scott Irsuto in the parking lot, Crothers said. When the dentist called Irsuto to ask why, she denied being there, Crothers said. The dentist never saw her again.

Meanwhile, an internal review showed “inconsistencies between accounts received and insurance reports,” Crothers said. The dentist eventually discovered Caren Irsuto failed to deposit 1,464 checks totaling $625,526.23, she said.

The checks, made out to the dental practice, came from 98 different insurers and dozens of patients, Crothers said. Each bore the endorsement of the dentist, who told authorities he did not sign any of the checks.

The defendants cashed the checks at currency exchanges, a gas station and a local bar or deposited them in a bank account, Crothers said, adding “it is believed the money ws used for a variety of things.”

Scott Irsuto next appears in court on March 27. Caren Irsuto appears in court on March 29.

Content retrieved from: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190320/employee-charged-with-stealing-600000-from-arlington-heights-dentist

Spokane’s Heidi Marie Nelson charged with embezzlement

Heidi Marie Nelson

Heidi is currently awaiting her trial for embezzling from a Spokane dentist. We hear that she may have moved to Idaho and gotten married. She may now be using the last name Capaul.

Here is her court file:

Case Information

18-1-04382-5 | STATE OF WASHINGTON VS NELSON, HEIDI MARIE

Case Number
18-1-04382-5

Court
Spokane

File Date
10/02/2018

Case Type
ADL Criminal Adult

Case Status
Active

Party

Plaintiff (Criminal)
STATE OF WASHINGTON , NFN

Active Attorneys
Lead Attorney Evans, Casey Allen

Court Appointed



Defendant (WIP)
NELSON, HEIDI MARIE

DOB
XX/XX/XXXX

Active Attorneys
Lead Attorney Gieri, William Anthony

Court Appointed


Events and Hearings

  • 10/02/2018 Information Comment
    1: INFORMATION;
  • 10/02/2018 Statement of Facts Comment
    2: STATEMENT OF FACTS;
  • 10/11/2018 Certificate of Address Search Comment
    3: CERTIFICATE OF ADDRESS SEARCH;
  • 10/11/2018 Summons Comment
    4: SUMMONS;
  •  10/29/2018 Arraignment Judicial Officer
    Price, Michael P Hearing Time
    8:00 AM Comment
    CCCA : Chief Criminal Calendar
  • 10/29/2018 Initial Arraignment Comment
    -: INITIAL ARRAIGNMENT; JUDGE MICHAEL P. PRICE;
  • 10/29/2018 Notice of Appearance Comment
    5: NOTICE OF APPEARANCE;
  • 10/29/2018 Order Setting Trial Date Comment
    6: ORDER SETTING TRIAL DATE; 01-22-2019TA; JUDGE MICHAEL P. PRICE;
  • 10/30/2018 Omnibus Application of Prosecuting Attorney Comment
    7: OMNIBUS APPLICATION OF PROS ATTY; JUDGE MICHAEL P. PRICE;
  • 10/30/2018 Order Authorizing Comment
    8: ORDER AUTHORIZING BOOKING PROCESS; JUDGE MICHAEL P. PRICE;
  • 10/30/2018 Order Establishing Conditions of Release Comment
    9: ORDER ESTABLISHING COND. OF RELEASE; JUDGE MICHAEL P. PRICE;
  • 11/19/2018 Omnibus Application by Defendant
  • 12/24/2018 Subpoena Duces Tecum
  • 01/02/2019 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service
  • 01/03/2019 Ex Parte Action With Order Judicial Officer
    Szambelan, Michelle D Comment
    SIGNED: CSO PT 2/22 T 3/11; -GIERI;
  • 01/03/2019 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service
  • 01/03/2019 Order Setting Trial Date Judicial Officer
    Szambelan, Michelle D Comment
    03-11-19
  •  01/04/2019 Pretrial Conference Judicial Officer
    Szambelan, Michelle D Hearing Time
    9:00 AM Comment
    CCCA : Chief Criminal Calendar
  •  01/22/2019 TA Criminal Trials Hearing Time
    8:00 AM
  • 02/22/2019 Hearing Continued Stipulated Judicial Officer
    Szambelan, Michelle D Comment
    Court Reporter: TERRI ROSADOVELAZQUEZ; SIGNED: SCHEDULING ORDER (see order for specific dates)
  • 02/22/2019 Order Setting Trial Date Judicial Officer
    Szambelan, Michelle D Comment
    4-15-19
  • 02/27/2019 Subpoena Duces Tecum Comment
    DR. JOSHUA COCHRAN
  • 03/08/2019 Affidavit Declaration Certificate Confirmation of Service

Former University of Kentucky Dean Suing UK; Alleges University Inaction When He Reported Embezzlement

A University of Kentucky dean who was removed after UK settled a contentious lawsuit filed by one of his underlings has now sued the school himself, accusing officials of retaliating against him for reporting problems at the College of Dentistry, such as the theft of gold dental crowns.

Late last year, UK settled a lawsuit with Raynor Mullins, a long-time dental professor who accused Kyrkanides of firing him after he criticized Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to Medicaid. UK paid Mullins more than $620,000 and gave him a new position. A few weeks later, UK announced that Kyrkanides was out as dean, but would return as a tenured faculty member after a one-year sabbatical. UK did not give a reason for the demotion at the time.

Kyrkanides’ lawsuit, filed in federal court, doesn’t mention the Mullins case. Instead, the lawsuit cites numerous other problems that the dean allegedly uncovered. They include:

▪ A departmental deficit of almost $2 million because clinical faculty were being paid salary supplements based on gross revenue from clinical services, not net revenue. The lawsuit alleges Provost David Blackwell and other officials did nothing to address the dean’s concerns.

▪ Last summer, the lawsuit says, Kyrkanides forwarded to Blackwell allegations that College of Dentistry employees were stealing gold crowns and selling them, or converting them to gold coins. An internal investigation confirmed the theft, the lawsuit says, but the provost’s office did not address it.

Kyrkanides also contends he was retaliated against because he supported a group of minority students who said some faculty members discriminated against them. The lawsuit says Kyrkanides also filed a complaint with the UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity against Blackwell for harassment.

In a statement, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the allegations are without merit.

“Provost David Blackwell removed Professor Kyrkanides from the administrative position of dean for poor performance,” Blanton said in a statement. “The university has addressed, or is addressing, all of the issues raised in his complaint, which Professor Kyrkanides failed to resolve himself when he was serving as dean.”

Citing a state whistleblower protection law, Kyrkanides’ lawsuit demands that he be reinstated as dean and get $7.5 million for humiliation, and a further $10 million in punitive damages.

H. Wayne Roberts, a Lexington attorney representing Kyrkanides, said the case has nothing to do with the Mullins settlement.

“I think the complaint states facts, not allegations, to support the whistleblower allegation,” Roberts said. “His accomplishments as a dean are awesome, the university demoting him to faculty is inexcusable. The university will be hard pressed to come up with non-retaliatory reasons for their actions.”

UK faculty has sued UK and a Bevin administration official for what he calls retaliation for criticizing the governor’s Medicaid waiver proposal.

Content retrieved from: https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article227121564.html

A Cold Case Solved 23 Years Later — NY Dental Embezzler Convicted of 1996 Murder of Husband

Howard Pilmar, a successful New York businessman, was found dead inside his Manhattan office on March 21, 1996 — a slaying that shocked New Yorkers because of its brutality.

Pilmar’s throat was slashed and he was stabbed 48 times. The attack continued after his heart stopped beating and his body was left on the floor, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a news release.

Investigators spent more than two decades looking for his killers and finally arrested two people in 2017 — Pilmar’s widow, Roslyn Pilmar, then 60, and her brother, Evan Wald, then 43.

Friday, a jury found them guilty of second-degree murder.

Wald’s lawyer could not be reached for comment Saturday. Sanford Talkin, Roslyn Pilmar’s lawyer, told CNN, “We are disappointed in the verdict and plan to appeal and continue to fight the case.”

Prosecutors said Roslyn Pilmar had financial problems and benefited from her husband’s death.

She managed the coffee shops started by her husband inside his office supply stores and owed $15,000 in unpaid state taxes on that part of the business, the district attorney’s office said. Wald also worked in the coffee shops.

In early 1996, before Howard’s death, Roslyn Pilmar’s former employer, a dentist’s office, demanded reimbursement of approximately $200,000 it claimed she had stolen from the business, prosecutors said.

In the news release, the district attorney’s office said Roslyn Pilmar and her brother requested keys to the building where Howard Pilmar’s office was located and asked for information about how to close the office at night and where the video cameras were located in the building lobby.

“Then on March 21, 1996, the defendants met the victim at his office,” the district attorney said. Howard Pilmar’s body was found the next morning by the company’s controller.

After her husband’s death, Pilmar received around $1.2 million in life insurance benefits, according to the district attorney. She also received ownership of Howard Pilmar’s businesses, two homes and custody of the couple’s then 10-year-old son.

Roslyn Pilmar used the money to repay her debts, the DA’s office said. On April 30, 1999, she pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree for the theft from her former employer. After paying back the stolen funds, she was sentenced to probation.

The investigation found new life in 2013 after police found witnesses with new information and new evidence, blood at the crime scene that was a match to Evan Wald, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer said.

“For nearly 23 years, Roslyn Pilmar and Evan Wald evaded justice for their gruesome crime and thought they would get away with it, but today, a jury rightfully found them guilty of Murder in the Second Degree for planning Mr. Pilmar’s murder together and acting in concert to carry out the cold-blooded killing,” Vance said.

“I thank the prosecutors in my Office’s Cold Case and Forensic Sciences Unit and NYPD detectives for more than two decades of dedication to this case and ensuring that Howard’s death was never forgotten.”

Content retrieved from: https://kbzk.com/cnn-national/2019/03/09/a-businessman-was-stabbed-to-death-in-1996-his-widow-and-her-brother-have-now-been-convicted-of-the-crime/

Delano, CA woman pleads not guilty in alleged insurance fraud scheme

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A woman is facing multiple fraud charges accused of a scheme while working at a dental office.

Investigators say Karla Morales and her husband Raymundo filed nearly 80 fraudulent insurance claims while she worked for Delano Family Dentistry.

The dentistry confirmed she was fired in March.

Court documents say Morales forged the claims while making the reimbursements payable to her husband.

The couple allegedly made nearly $47,000.

Morales pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday.

Content retrieved from: https://www.kget.com/news/local-news/woman-pleads-not-guilty-in-alleged-insurance-fraud-scheme/1343548405

Prosperident note — there is a Raymond Morales, formerly of Delano, CA, with date of birth June 25, 1956, who is a registered sex offender. We wonder if this is the same Raymondo Morales named in the article.

Employee accused of stealing from Cassville, MO dental practice

The office manager of a local dentist’s office is accused to stealing over $10,000 from the dental practice that changed hands  to a new dentist in September 2017. According to affidavits of probable cause, the office manager of what was Dr. Carolyn Hunter’s, DMD, and then Dr. Jared L. Spears’, DDS, office took the money from cash deposits starting in December 2016 and continuing until June 2018.
                The Cassville Police Department investigated the case, and Dr. Spears reported the office manager, Karla Monte Wolf, was responsible for deposits, and between March 3, 2018, and June 28, 2018, $4,932.40 was missing from the deposits. Wolf allegedly admitted to taking the cash without permission.
                When interviewed by the Cassville Police Department on August 24, 2018, Wolf told officers she had been stealing money from Dr. Hunter, as well. An audit showed $10,195.50 missing from December 20, 2016,through August 23, 2018.  
                Wolf was charged with two counts of  felony stealing $750 or more on Nov. 5. She is currently being held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $30,000 cash, 10 percent or corp surety bond.

Content retrieved from: http://www.4bcaonline.com/employee-accused-of-stealing-from-cassville-dental-practice.html

Prosperident note: Ms. Wolf has an extensive criminal record. We wonder if Drs. Hunter and Spears were aware.