Embezzlement News #86, September 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #86 — September 2019
Podcast
Hear CPA (and former NYPD Lieutenant) Craig Cody interview David Harris on his podcast HERE.
Learn from the Experts!
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
linda-gregg
Hear about how Prosperident’s Mindy Salzman caught Colorado’s Layla Masset embezzling.
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Sep 5
Edison Lakes Oral Surgery, Mishawaka IN
Sep 12 Dr. Maheeb Jaouni Study Club, Dallas, TX
Sep 14 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump Study Club, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dr. Tommy Murph Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Sep 27 ADSO Partnering for Growth, Orlando FL
Sep 27 BEST for Dentistry Summit, Portland OR
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Oct 18 Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser, Virginia Beach VA
Oct 24 Panoramic Study Club, Toronto ON
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
2020
Feb 27 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, San Diego CA
Apr 24 East Texas Study Club, Bullard TX
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

How do Serial Embezzlers Get Hired?
This is Unique Wells, although she has used other names. She is currently looking for work in Nevada and Arizona. She has a lengthy criminal record, and several former employers report missing money. You can read about Unique in our Hall of Shame HERE.
Also, you can see her resume, and learn to spot some red flags from it HERE.
This Month’s Question

I just hired someone and then got notice that their wages are garnished. Should I fire them?

It isn’t necessarily an issue, but requires a bit more investigation.
Garnishees can come from a lot of different things — unpaid parking tickets might be an example of something causing a garnishee where there might not be an employment implication. It could also be a financial dispute with an ex-spouse. It could also be an unpaid fine for a criminal conviction, which is obviously more concerning.
It is important for the dentist to understand WHY the employee’s wages are being seized,
Something to Talk About…
As I write this at the end of August, kids are back to school or about to be, and Labor Day is rushing at us. Summer, that pleasant interruption to our regular routines, is almost over.
So for most of us, this time of the year is one where we turn our focus back to our business.
We had a fairly busy summer at Prosperident. In June we brought our entire team to our head office for meetings, and in August we celebrated our 30th anniversary in business.
And lighter clinical schedules allowed more than a few dentists the time to give us a call to discuss concerns about their practices.
I hope that you aren’t in that position, but if you are, we are always available to listen, and to offer our knowledge and experience without judgement. The ways to reach us are HERE.
It’s been an honor and a privilege to have been a trusted advisor to the dental profession for the past three decades, and my team and I very much look forward to serving you in future.
David Harris

We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News # 85 – August 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #85 — August 2019
Podcast
What a catchy title! Hear us on the Millionaire Dentist podcast HERE.
Learn from the Experts!
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
linda-gregg
Hear about how Prosperident’s Wendy Askins put this woman away for 12 years.
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Sep 5
Edison Lakes Oral Surgery, Mishawaka IN
Sep 12 Dr. Maheeb Jaouni Study Club, Dallas, TX
Sep 13 Texas Study Club, Carrolton TX
Sep 14 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump Study Club, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dr. Tommy Murph Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Sep 27 ADSO Partnering for Growth, Orlando FL
Sep 27 BEST for Dentistry Summit, Portland OR
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Oct 18 Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser, Virginia Beach VA
Oct 24 Panoramic Study Club, Toronto ON
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
2020
Feb 27 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, San Diego CA
Apr 24 East Texas Study Club, Bullard TX
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

A Milestone!
This month, Prosperident celebrates a major milestone. Thirty years ago, our founder, David Harris, started us on our path of providing specialized services to dentists. A lot has changed since then (including our name — we didn’t become Prosperident until 2006), but the basic principles David established in 1989 still govern us. We look forward to the next thirty years!
This Month’s Question

“My Day-end Report Balances to my Deposit, so I Must Be Safe From Embezzlement”

Not true.
At the core of your practice management software is a concept called “double-entry accounting”. This means that a transaction mandatorily affects two different “accounts” maintained by your software.
Something to Talk About…
I love summer; I always have. I love the way that life slows down just a bit. There is a historic cemetery across the street from our Head Office. Most of the time I just pass by without giving it a thought.
But last week, on a particularly sunny day, I took a few minutes to explore. A plaque told me that 12,000 of my city’s first citizens are buried there, and that less than 10% of their graves are marked.
In this bucolic place, it was easy to feel a sense of history, and to be able to imagine the voices of these early settlers and the noise that their shoes made on cobblestoned streets.
Prosperident’s 30-year history is insignificant in comparison, but I am also conscious of how much has changed since 1989 in our world, from investigating “pegboard” offices, to working with those clunky computer systems that replaced them, to the way the internet has revolutionized what we do. It’s been a thoroughly amazing three decades, and I’m proud to have been a part of it and privileged to be able to serve your noble profession.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
David Harris

We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #84 – July 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #84 — July 2019
Podcast
Our CEO had the pleasure of being a guest on Dr. Gina Dorfman’s Behind the Smiles podcast. Check it out HERE.
Learn from the Experts!
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
linda-gregg
Is she unhappy because she stole, or because she got caught?
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 5
Edison Lakes Oral Surgery, Mishawaka IN
Sep 12 Dr. Maheeb Jaouni Study Club, Dallas, TX
Sep 13 Texas Study Club, Carrolton TX
Sep 14 Orthopreneurs, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump Study Club, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dr. Tommy Murph Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Oct 24 Panoramic Study Club, Toronto ON
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
2020
Apr 24 East Texas Study Club, Bullard TX
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Prosperident Summit
Prosperident’s team members live across North America. In the last week of June, we all got together at the company’s Halifax, Canada head office for three days of meetings, where we discussed the state of the art in our profession. This was an excellent chance to learn from each other.
This Month’s Question
“I’ve been embezzled, but the thief has already left my practice. There is no real point in having an investigation done, right?”
Not necessarily. First, you probably have some insurance coverage that can only be accessed if you determine the amount of your loss. There may also be other good reasons to investigate.
Something to Talk About…
This August, Prosperident will celebrate its 30th anniversary in business.
Our beginning was inauspicious; our first investigations were done on-site in offices that used “pegboard” accounting systems, and our work was confined to a small geographic area.
The evolution to a high-tech, professional organization able to serve all of the US and Canada has had its challenges, but has also given us reasons for satisfaction.
First, we have moved from only investigating embezzlement after it has happened, to also being able to offer proactive solutions to dentists for protecting their future revenue streams.
Second, we have had the privilege of having tens of thousands of dentists in our speaking audiences, allowing them to take away practical suggestions for protecting themselves.
And third, and most gratifying to me, is that we have helped bring the embezzlement converation into the open. There was a time when dentists who were victims felt shameful and did not talk about their losses with colleagues, or report embezzlement to authorities. There were almost no topical articles or materials to guide dentists with concerns.
I remember an early career interview with a major dental publication for an article that they called “Embezzlement; Dentistry’s Dirty Little Secret” about the “cone of silence” over embezzlement in dentistry. I’m pleased that we have been able to “daylight” this conversation. Increased awareness by dentists has resulted in more thieves are being caught and acquiring criminal records, making it easier for other dentists to avoid these people.
On behalf of everyone at Prosperident, I’d like to thank the dental community for allowing us to serve you and to be your trusted advisors over the past three decades. We are always here for you.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #83 – June 2019- Education Special Edition

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #83 — June 2019
Podcast
Our CEO is honored to be a guest on the Dentist Money Show. Check it out HERE.
Learn from the Experts!
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
Do you know who this is? You should – Irina Fooks is one of the most prolific serial embezzlers ever.
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Prosperident Team Members Complete Certification
Prosperident’s Wendy Chediac and Sonya Hudson have recently completed the study requirements necessary to be awarded their Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Wendy is Prosperident’s Chief Operating Officer, and in this capacity, she oversees all of Prosperident’s investigations. Wendy is often the first point of contact for new clients.
Sonya is one of our Senior Fraud Examiners, as well as one of Prosperident’s longest-serving team members. Sonya’s specialty is investigations for our Canadian clients.
Congratulations to you both on all of your hard work in earning this accreditation!
Something to Talk About…
Education. A word that evokes powerful reactions and commentary. An excellent education is the hope of every parent for their children. Lifelong learning is the quest of every enlightened human. Continuing education, well, that’s a bit of a different story.
CE credits are a requirement for members of almost every association of professionals, and for good reason; they ensure that a practicing member invests the time, and often the expense, to stay involved in gaining fresh insight into topics and trends in their field as they mature in their careers.
June may seem like an odd time to broach the subject of education and continuing education, after all; the school year for our kids is winding down, as is the regular CE season for most associations and societies. However, for those of you thinking ahead to next season, or who may be responsible for helping your group or organization find educational speakers, we want you to know that Prosperident has one of the best groups of professional speakers, available to you through our Speakers Bureau.
Our Speaker’s Bureau members are seasoned educational speakers, who present at over 100 meetings, conferences, and special events each year on topics ranging from embezzlement to hiring to dental office etiquette. If you are a general dentist or dental specialist, chances are you have already had an opportunity to see one of our speakers in action. From Hinman to the CDA, as well as at countless national, regional, and local study club events, our educational speakers get around, and we are happy that they do!
We take great pride in offering presentations that are not only educational but incredibly entertaining. Moreover, we never use our educational speaking engagements as a platform to have you buy Prosperident’s services. No infomercials here, just incredible facts and case studies to enlighten, educate, and entertain. When was the last time you described a CE event as “highly entertaining”?
So, as we all head in to the summer of 2019, I hope that you all have a wonderful summer, however you spend it, and that for those of you tasked with finding educational speakers for the upcoming 2019 – 20 CE year, that you will consider one of our talented and in-demand Prosperident speakers.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #80 March 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #80 — March 2019
Podcast
Our CEO recently got the chance to do a podcast with Dr. Glenn Krieger. Glenn is an orthodontist and one of the most interesting guys in dentistry. Check it out HERE.
Liven Up Your Meeting
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
Not looking happy, is she? Roxana Dusenek was arrested for stealing more than $400k from the dental practice where she worked.
See us live if you want the full story.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Mar 1
Ortho2 User Group Meeting, Fort Worth TX
Mar 13 Patterson Dental, Philadelphia PA
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 13 New Dentist BOOST Study Club, Philadelphia PA
Apr 26 Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia MD
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
Apr 29 Vancouver & District Dental Society Vancouver BC
May 3
American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 4 Richardson Group, Seattle WA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
May 9 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
May 10 Patriot Dental Conference, Foxborough MA
May 15 Patterson Dental Totowa NJ
May 16 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Why do People Steal?
One of the most frequent comments we hear once the identity of an embezzler is confirmed is that he or she is “the last person I could imagine stealing”. Their surprise is understandable. We all have preconceptions about how criminals look, dress, speak, and act. Our mental image of the criminal is shaped by what we see on the news, TV dramas and by direct observation in our own communities.
Embezzlers will never fit this stereotype; many of them remind me of Sunday school teachers (which, in fact, some of them are). The explanation for why embezzlers do not fit the preconception is simple – you would never hire someone who looks your image of a criminal. So as an employer, you have already eliminated certain people because they haven’t passed your personal “smell test”, whereas everyone you hire has.
Something to Talk About…
Winter is still hitting many of us full-force, but with March comes the promise of finally being “in the home stretch.” Winter is not a race, but if it were, then March and all of the changes it will bring are certainly a way of feeling that we are close to the finish line.
Warmer temperatures, longer days, and for a few lucky folks, crocuses will soon be in bloom. March offers us a newness that is different from that which we associate with New Year’s Day or our birthdays. With March and spring come a desire to shake off the winter cobwebs and dive into some much-needed spring cleaning. After a long winter confinement many of us can’t wait to open up our windows, shampoo our rugs, empty the ashes from our fireplaces, and finally rake the last of the fall leaves that we were able to ignore while they were covered with snow. And maybe, just maybe, while we are hard at work cleaning up all of winter’s little messes, we will have cause to pause and ask ourselves; “could my business need a good spring cleaning too?”
My team and I hope that most of you can answer that question for yourself, without feeling that there is any major work to be done. For others, you may feel that it’s time to have a chat with us or visit our website www.prosperident.com to see if there is something we can do to assist you with a more thorough spring cleaning of your office. For nearly 30 years the team at Prosperident has been proud to serve the dental community, and we hope that you will never need our services, but if you ever feel you want to talk to us about what our team can do for you, we are always here for you, and we are always happy to help.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News # 82 May 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #82 — May 2019
Podcast
Our CEO is honored to be a guest on the Behind the Smiles podcast of Dr. Gina Dorfman. Check it out HERE.
Liven Up Your Meeting
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
Hector Ramos has been charged with embezzling $800k from his employer.
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
May 3
American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 4 Richardson Group, Seattle WA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
May 9 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
May 10 Patriot Dental Conference, Foxborough MA
May 15 Patterson Dental Totowa NJ
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Team Member of the Month — Deborah Long
Do not let her considerable Southern charm fool you. In a company that we like to think is filled with smart people, Debbie stands out. She oversees Prosperident’s fastest-growing service, Office Protection System (OPS). OPS involves a thorough review of a practice’s systems to identify and correct the weaknesses that embezzlers exploit.
Debbie’s background includes a degree in accounting and computer science, and extensive work experience in public accounting, technology, and dental practices.
Debbie’s information is HERE, and to learn more about Office Protection System, click HERE.

Something to Talk About…
Prevention v. Preparedness
“Be Prepared.” Great advice from Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts over a century ago, and completely applicable to today’s dental practice owners.
Prosperident is about to celebrate 30 years of business, and during those 30 years, my team and I have been asked countless times for our unique insight on how to “prevent” embezzlement. Almost everyone who asks us is astounded when we answer; “You can’t.” Please, let me explain.
To prevent embezzlement, you must know and block every possible path a thief could use to relieve you of your money. During our decades in business, we have identified literally hundreds of ways that dental office team members have stolen from their doctors, and with new methods and variations regularly emerging during our investigations, we will guarantee you that no matter what you’ve read or been told; preventing embezzlement is impossible.
When you read a well-intended article about “The 10 Things You Must Do to Prevent Embezzlement,” or you are tempted to take the advice of an “expert” who is trying to sell you monthly monitoring services of your practice as a prevention tool, these folks do not understand embezzlement or the deviant mindset of embezzlers.
However, there is hope! Just because you can’t prevent embezzlement, doesn’t mean you can’t control it. If you are a practice owner who doesn’t currently suspect theft, and you’d like to keep it that way, having proven systems in place to detect and eliminate theft in its early stages is preparedness, and that’s where my team and I are happy to help.
Thank you all for making Prosperident a part of the dental community. We appreciate you, and we are here for you. Always.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #81 April 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #81 — April 2019
Podcast
Our CEO recently had the honor of being a guest on the podcast of dental attorney Stephen Kaufman. Check it out HERE.
Liven Up Your Meeting
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
This is Caren Irsuto, who was recently charged with embezzling $600k from a practice.
See us live if you want the full story on embezzlement.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Mar 27 Practice CFO clients, San Diego CA
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 13 New Dentist BOOST Study Club, Philadelphia PA
Apr 26 Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia MD
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
May 3
American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 4 Richardson Group, Seattle WA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
May 9 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
May 10 Patriot Dental Conference, Foxborough MA
May 15 Patterson Dental Totowa NJ
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 19 Dr. Brad Crump, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Investigator of the Month — Pat Little, DDS FAGD CFE
Did you know that 30% of our investigators used to be dentists?
Dr. Pat Little is a great example of a dentist-investigator. Pat owned several dental practices before repetitive motion issues made dentistry difficult. He returned to college to study accounting, and found us through mutual friend Linda Miles.
Pat is both a skilled investigator and an accomplished speaker. We are glad to have him on our team. You can read more about Pat HERE.

Something to Talk About…
Are You Aware?
The question sounds a little New Age, but in our era of perpetual sensory assault and overload, asking about awareness is not as “out there” as you may think.
We live in a time of rapid technological progress and nothing we do or have seems to be immune from progress’s path. We rely on so many smart devices and their plentiful apps that it seems archaic to ask someone to stop what they’re doing, take a deep breath, and quietly ask the question; “what is really going on here?”
For decades now my team and I have had the pleasure of working with and for the dental community. As the years fly by it seems that no matter how many technological advances come along to make practices run smoother and more securely, we never stop hearing dentists say; “I just knew that something didn’t feel right, but with all of the changes in my practice between team members coming and going, and software constantly updating, I just chalked my feelings up to change.”
Listening and responding to your gut feeling when you think something terrible or inappropriate might be happening is instinct, and here’s the kicker – there is NO APP FOR THAT!
If you become aware that you need or want professional assistance to quell your gut feelings and regain your peace of mind about the financial well-being of your practice, we’d love to talk with you. There is never a fee for chatting with us, and we are always happy to help.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #80 March 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #80 — March 2019
Podcast
Our CEO recently got the chance to do a podcast with Dr. Glenn Krieger. Glenn is an orthodontist and one of the most interesting guys in dentistry. Check it out HERE.
Liven Up Your Meeting
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
Not looking happy, is she? Roxana Dusenek was arrested for stealing more than $400k from the dental practice where she worked.
See us live if you want the full story.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Mar 1 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, Fort Worth TX
Mar 13 Patterson Dental, Philadelphia PA
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 13 New Dentist BOOST Study Club, Philadelphia PA
Apr 26 Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia MD
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
Apr 29 Vancouver & District Dental Society Vancouver BC
May 3 American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 4 Richardson Group, Seattle WA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
May 9 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
May 10 Patriot Dental Conference, Foxborough MA
May 15 Patterson Dental Totowa NJ
May 16 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Sep 21 Dallas Dental Symposium, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

Why do People Steal?
One of the most frequent comments we hear once the identity of an embezzler is confirmed is that he or she is “the last person I could imagine stealing”. Their surprise is understandable. We all have preconceptions about how criminals look, dress, speak, and act. Our mental image of the criminal is shaped by what we see on the news, TV dramas and by direct observation in our own communities.

Embezzlers will never fit this stereotype; many of them remind me of Sunday school teachers (which, in fact, some of them are). The explanation for why embezzlers do not fit the preconception is simple – you would never hire someone who looks your image of a criminal. So as an employer, you have already eliminated certain people because they haven’t passed your personal “smell test”, whereas everyone you hire has.
Something to Talk About…
Winter is still hitting many of us full-force, but with March comes the promise of finally being “in the home stretch.” Winter is not a race, but if it were, then March and all of the changes it will bring are certainly a way of feeling that we are close to the finish line.
Warmer temperatures, longer days, and for a few lucky folks, crocuses will soon be in bloom. March offers us a newness that is different from that which we associate with New Year’s Day or our birthdays. With March and spring come a desire to shake off the winter cobwebs and dive into some much-needed spring cleaning. After a long winter confinement many of us can’t wait to open up our windows, shampoo our rugs, empty the ashes from our fireplaces, and finally rake the last of the fall leaves that we were able to ignore while they were covered with snow. And maybe, just maybe, while we are hard at work cleaning up all of winter’s little messes, we will have cause to pause and ask ourselves; “could my business need a good spring cleaning too?”
My team and I hope that most of you can answer that question for yourself, without feeling that there is any major work to be done. For others, you may feel that it’s time to have a chat with us or visit our website www.prosperident.com to see if there is something we can do to assist you with a more thorough spring cleaning of your office. For nearly 30 years the team at Prosperident has been proud to serve the dental community, and we hope that you will never need our services, but if you ever feel you want to talk to us about what our team can do for you, we are always here for you, and we are always happy to help.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #79 February 2019

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #79 — February 2019
Podcast Series
We are thrilled that our CEO is part of the Future of Dentistry event. This is a series of podcast interviews with some of the most influential people in dentistry. You can check it out HERE.
The Future of Dentistry Event
Liven up your meeting
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
Convicted embezzler, and LA Lakers fan Kristy Corral, before she spent a year in prison for embezzlement.
See us live if you want the full story.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Feb 6 Dr. Quynh-Thuyen Tran Study Club, Sugar Land, TX
Feb 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Feb 8 Houston Asian American Dental Society, Houston TX
Feb 11 Wasatch Oral Surgery, Jordan UT
Mar 1 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, Fort Worth TX
Mar 13 Patterson Dental, Philadelphia PA
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 13 New Dentist BOOST Study Club, Philadelphia PA
Apr 26 Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia MD
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
Apr 29 Vancouver & District Dental Society Vancouver BC
May 3 American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 4 Richardson Group, Seattle WA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
May 9 Patterson Dental, Portland ME
May 10 Patriot Dental Conference, Foxborough MA
May 15 Patterson Dental Totowa NJ
Jul 8 University of the West Indies
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
Nov 11 Thunderbird Study Club, El Paso TX
Nov 19 Memphis Dental Society, Memphis TN
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

“My Day-end Report Balances to my Deposit, so I Must Be Safe From Embezzlement”
We hear this a lot. At the core of your practice management software is a concept called “double-entry accounting”. This means that a transaction mandatorily affects two different “accounts” maintained by your software.
So, for example, entering a dental procedure increases both your “charges” and the receivable due from that patient. Entering a payment decreases the patient’s receivable balance and adds to “collections”.
In a perfect world, stealing money would cause one of two issues; either the day-end report would not balance to the bank deposit if the amount stolen had first been entered as a payment in the practice management software.
Something To Talk About…
Technology…
There is nothing more useful, nor more detrimental, in our world than technology. The internet, computers, tablets and our smartphones are powerful tools and have made us the most progressive, connected and prosperous humans in history. But our beloved devices have also done a vast amount of harm. More harm than anyone could have predicted.

We’ve all read about the threats to our health, personal relationships, and our culture from being constantly connected. The debates over the health and cultural impacts will continue indefinitely, but I would like to draw to your attention to the risks that technology poses to your practice.
Never, ever, EVER, has it been easier for someone to have the ability to wreak havoc on your practice, because you’ve generously provided them with all the tools they’ll need to defraud you – a computer and an internet connection. As surely as technology has solved many of our business issues, like timely bank-runs and ensuring that bill payments are mailed on time every month; technology has made it easier than ever for a team member who is willing to study your habits to steal from you.
Practice management software, online banking, and Facebook business promotions are modern miracles for efficiency and growth. However, the flip side of using these amazing tools is that a would-be thief in your office can find a way to manipulate a system or device you use in your practice to steal from you. Technology makes embezzlement easier than ever. Ugh!
At Prosperident our mission is to be able to help and support you by developing ways to control, detect and eliminate embezzlement in your practice. We certainly don’t believe that every practice has a thief lurking among its valued team members, but we know that more than 60% of all dental practices will eventually succumb to a team member stealing. We always hope that you are not a part of this horrible statistic, and we will continue to work and grow to be there for you when you need us.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #77 December 2018

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #77 — December 2018
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Liven up your meeting
She didn’t look so happy after we confirmed that she was stealing! Hear her story and many others.
Did you know that there are some topics that we will ONLY discuss at closed-door, live events?
See us live if you want the full story.
Here are some places where we will be speaking soon:
Nov 28 Connecticut Study Club for Excellence, Manchester CT
Dec 4 Southeast Study Club, Auburn AL
Dec 5 Greater Charlotte Study Club, Huntersville NC
2019
Jan 17 Patterson Dental, El Segundo CA
Jan 18 Patterson Dental, San Diego CA
Jan 27 Southwest Society of Periodontists, Irving TX
Feb 6 Dr. Quynh-Thuyen Tran Study Club, Sugar Land, TX
Feb 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Feb 8 Houston Asian American Dental Society, Houston TX
Feb 11 Wasatch Oral Surgery, Jordan UT
Mar 1 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, Fort Worth TX
Mar 13 Patterson Dental, Philadelphia PA
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 14 New Dentist BOOST Study Club, Philadelphia PA
Apr 26 Maryland State Dental Association, Columbia MD
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
Apr 29 Vancouver & District Dental Society Vancouver BC
May 3 American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
May 8 North County Women’s Study Club, Carlsbad CA
Sep 13 Orthopreneurs Summit, Dallas TX
Oct 7 Colorado Prosthodontic Society, Denver CO
To book us for your meeting or study club, click HERE or call us at 888-398-2327.
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Embezzler of the Month
Robin Bernazzani of Durango, Colorado has recently confessed to embezzling more than $500,000 from the dental office where she worked.
You can read about Robin in our Hall of Shame, along with about 500 other embezzlers.
The Danger of Dabblers
Remember when, as a child, you thought that your parents knew EVERYTHING? As you got older, you realized that, like everyone else, their knowledge had limits, but at an impressionable young age these boundaries were not apparent.
Sometimes adults make the same mistake, and they improperly consider someone who knows slightly more than they do about a topic as an “expert.”
Lots of people claim to have knowledge in our field; in some cases, these claims are supported by professional qualifications and years of experience, whereas others who claim expertise are unaware of the shallowness of their knowledge, or are blindly pursuing what they perceive as a business opportunity.
Embezzlement is a highly technical crime. Whether you want your practice’s finances investigated or you wish to avoid embezzlement in future, please ensure that you are dealing with a true expert.
You can learn more about our company HERE.
Something To Talk About…
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and of course, Boxing Day!
It’s official! With Thanksgiving now under our loosened belts, we have entered the season of “perpetual hope.” What better way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year than by getting together with family, enjoying great food and hopefully a few laughs?
One Thanksgiving tradition many of us indulge in, besides three helpings of dessert, is taking advantage of the fantastic deals to be had on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Boxing Day.
It has always amazed me how people (me included!) will buy almost anything that has a sizable discount offered with it. We buy things we need as well as a few things that we will never get value from, no matter how deep the discount. More often than not we purchase unnecessary or poor quality items because an aggressive salesperson made us feel that there was NEVER a better time to buy. The truth is some things are not meant for deep discounts, and what appears to be aggressive price slashing should make you wary.
Think denuded beef tenderloin, a rare bottle of single malt scotch, this year’s designer shoes, and of course dental embezzlement investigation products and services.
When a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. I for one will be taking advantage of all of this season’s great deals, but I’m also going to be focused on getting what I’ve paid for. Not all bargains are great deals, and the adage “buyer beware” is worth applying to certain discounts not only during the holidays but all year round!
My team and I want to wish you and yours the very best that this holiday season has to offer.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts