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
Win Cool Stuff!
Like to win great prizes? Well, then you should “Like” our Prosperident Facebook page to be entered in our monthly draw! Click the button below to view our page. And “Like” us while you’re there. The next draw is on December 1st.

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.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.

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

Embezzlement News # 76 November 2018

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #76 — November 2018
Win Cool Stuff!
Like to win great prizes? Well, then you should “Like” our Prosperident Facebook page to be entered in our monthly draw! Click the button below to view our page. And “Like” us while you’re there. Next draw is on November 1st.

Liven up your meeting
Wondering why this woman looks unhappy? She got caught embezzling!
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 8 NY Academy of Dentistry, New York NY
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 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Feb 9 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 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.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.
Prosperident Nails Another Embezzler
Prosperident’s Wendy Askins has caught more than her share of embezzlers. However, this one gave her particular satisfaction.
The lady in this picture, Deanna Gray, recently pled “no contest” to embezzling over $400,000 from a Virginia orthodontist.
Deanna has yet to be sentenced but is certainly looking at prison time. She has also been ordered to repay $421k to the practice.
Read about Deanna in our Hall of Shame HERE.
Cautious Hiring — One of the best defenses against embezzlement
We have all seen it — someone fired at one office for embezzling quickly gets hired elsewhere, with their new employer (and next victim) unaware of their new employee’s tainted past.
A booming economy, with unemployment levels at record lows, plus an understandable focus on finding an applicant with the right attributes often mean that the skepticism that should be there when hiring is not. And if someone has “baggage” they have a strong incentive to keep it hidden from you.
Here are two sobering statistics — 60 million Americans (i.e., one in four adults) have criminal records, and studies suggest that more than 50% of resumes have at least some amount of embellishment or falsehood.
We have some excellent tips about how to avoid hiring mistakes HERE.
Something To Talk About…
Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day are almost upon us, and once again my team and I find ourselves wanting to express our thankfulness to so many of you in the dental community.
To all of you who have served in the military, thank you for your service and your contribution to our freedom. My own time in uniform had a hugely positive impact on the person I am today, and I expect most of you who served would say the same thing. Again, we thank you.
Thanksgiving not only marks the beginning of another holiday season, but it gives us a chance to sincerely express how genuinely thankful we are to be a growing part of your community and businesses. Your trust and generosity have played a significant role in the way we organize and continue to develop our company and services. We appreciate everything that your community does for us, and we always strive to reciprocate with professionalism and gratitude.
We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whatever way you choose to celebrate. We at Prosperident will be pausing to count our blessings and to give thanks for the friendship, confidence, and loyalty you have shown us. We are deeply thankful and want to extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
David Harris
CEO
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News #75 October 2018

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #75 — October 2018
Embezzler of the Month
We definitely get involved in some interesting cases.
Colorado’s Robin Bernazzani has confessed to embezzing more than $500,000 from the practice where she worked.
Did you know that, on average, thieves confess to one sixth of what they actually stole?
Read about Robin, along with hundreds of other dental embezzlers, in our Hall of Shame HERE.
No boring speakers here!
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:
Oct 1 Wichita District Dental Society, Wichita KS
Oct 4 Southern Association of Orthodontists, New Orleans LA
Oct 11 Victoria & District Dental Society, Victoria BC
Oct 13 Benco Leadership Day, Houston TX
Oct 16 Dr. Amy James Study GRoup, Haddonfield NJ
Oct 23
West Central Wisconsin Study Club
Oct 24 Seattle Study Club, Rochester NY
Oct 26 Synergy Business and Legal Symposium, National Harbor MD
Oct 27 Law Enforcement Investigation and Prosecution Group, Columbia MD
Nov 8 NY Academy of Dentistry, New York NY
Nov 28 Connecticut Study Club for Excellence, Manchester CT
Dec 4 Southeast Study Club, Auburn AL
Dec 5 Greater Charlotte Study Club, Huntersville NC
Dec 7 MGE Management Experts, Clearwater FL
2019
Jan 18 Patterson Dental, San Diego CA
Jan 27 Southwest Society of Periodontists, Irving TX
Feb 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Feb 9 Houston Asian American Dental Society, Houston TX
Feb 11 Wasatch Oral Surgery, Jordan UT
Feb 28 Ortho2 User Group Meeting, Fort Worth TX
Mar 27 District of Columbia AGD, Washington DC
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
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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Team Member Profile
Miki Clifford, Intermediate Analyst
Miki might be Prosperident’s youngest team member, but she possesses genius-level intellect, and she performs a vital role here at Prosperident.
Fitting her work here around her schooling, Miki assists our investigators by preparing and organizing the voluminous documentation we receive daily from clients.
Working here runs in Miki’s family; her father, Scott, is Prosperident’s Chief Fraud Examiner, and her mother, Rose, was recently promoted to Senior Examiner.
Even with her family’s involvement, Miki’s position came an unusual way. A school exercise required her to apply for a job, so Miki naturally sent her project application to Prosperident.
She so impressed our CEO with her submission that he surprised both Miki and her teacher by offering her a real position. It was a great move, and Miki’s efficiency and organizational skills do much to keep Prosperident’s investigations flowing.
Something To Talk About…
Counting Our Blessings.
Well, we made it! September, with all of its scheduling responsibilities and a return to fall and winter activities, has flown by. Time to bring on the Pumpkin Spice anything and everything! The coming month is about changing leaves, crisp nights, the return of our favorite fall television shows, and of course – watching and playing our favorite fall and winter sports. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it should be no surprise that we want to tell you how thankful we are here at Prosperident for your ongoing loyalty and support. Serving dentistry is our passion, and we are grateful for our ability to be a part of your community.
As our business continues to grow, we realize that it is because some of you have made a horrific discovery in the place that you consider to be your second “home.” We are never thankful for that!
However, we are grateful to be able to offer you an ever-expanding team of incredibly capable embezzlement investigators and support staff, who are ready to step in, take over and help you get back control of your practice and its finances.
My team and I have spent a great deal of time this year honoring our commitment to you with the continued development of our Office Protection System program, as well as the other services we offer. As we see OPS being successfully employed in dental practices as a frontline defense against potential embezzlement, we are grateful to those of you who pushed us to develop a system to safeguard your practice’s financial well-being, before trouble can line its pocketbook with your money. You asked, and we have delivered a viable solution for all of you who wish to stop embezzlement in your practice before it starts.
Enjoy your October and all of the beauty and bounty it brings.
David Harris
CEO
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.
We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts

Embezzlement News # 74 September 2018

Dental Embezzlement News from Prosperident
Issue #74 — September 2018
Embezzler of the Month
Prosperident’s Sonya Hudson’s work helped nail this embezzler, and ensure her place in our “Half-Million Dollar Club”.

Ontario’s Jennifer Leslie has been charged with embezzling $554,000 from a dental practice for which she was the office manager.
Read about Jennifer, along with many other embezzlers, in our Hall of Shame HERE.
No boring speakers here!
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 we will be speaking soon:
Sep 7 Patterson Dental, Houston TX
Sept 11 Augusta Dental Society, Augusta GA
Oct 1 Wichita District Dental Society, Wichita KS
Oct 4 Southern Association of Orthodontists, New Orleans LA
Oct 11 Victoria & District Dental Society, Victoria BC
Oct 13 Benco Leadership Day, Houston TX
Oct 23
West Central Wisconsin Study Club
Oct 24 Seattle Study Club, Rochester NY
Oct 26 Synergy Business and Legal Symposium, National Harbor MD
Oct 27 Law Enforcement Investigation and Prosecution Group, Columbia MD
Nov 8 NY Academy of Dentistry, New York NY
Nov 28 Connecticut Study Club for Excellence, Manchester CT
Dec 5 Greater Charlotte Study Club, Huntersville NC
2019
Jan 18 Patterson Dental, San Diego CA
Jan 27 Southwest Society of Periodontists, Irving TX
Feb 8 Select Study Club, Evansville IN
Feb 11 Wasatch Oral Surgery, Jordan UT
Apr 12 American Association of Endodontists, Montreal QC
Apr 26 Star of the North Meeting, St. Paul MN
Apr 29 Vancouver & District Dental Society Vancouver BC
May 4 American Association of Orthodontists, Los Angeles CA
May 7 Seattle Study Club, Atlanta GA
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.
Did you miss a previous newsletter? We archive them HERE.
Investigator Profile
Sonya Hudson, Senior Investigator
Sonya is one of Prosperident’s “top guns”.
Before joining Prosperident in 2014, Sonya worked for an insurance company and managed the support department of a major brand of practice management software.
In many ways Sonya sets the standard for investigative work at Prosperident; her meticulous notes and highly organized workflow get frequent mention when we are training new examiners.
Recently, Sonya’s work led to the arrest of Jennifer Leslie (see the story in this newsletter), who is charged with embezzling over $500k from her doctor.
Sonya has caught more than her share of embezzlers, and we congratulate her on hooking another “big fish.”
Sonya’s colleagues at Prosperident include 15 specialized investigators who, on a daily basis, provide a level of skill and dedication that is simply unparalleled.
Something To Talk About…
And so it begins.
For many of us, our “New Year” actually starts in September. Fall’s shorter days, cooler nights and the start of a new school year, also coincide with the beginning of a continuing education year for many of you. As summer fades and we settle into our fall routines, many of us here at Prosperident feel a sense of renewal, and an exciting and fresh opportunity to connect on a more meaningful level with the fantastic dental community we are so privileged to serve.
This summer was a full one here at Prosperident. We busied ourselves with onboarding new team members including investigators, Office Protection System specialists and educational speakers, while our IT team continued the development of software that makes the work we do for you more efficient and faster to deliver.
Probably the most exciting news we have to share with you is that we have continued developing our Office Protection System (OPS) Service, as well as our OPS Multi-Office Service, with the addition of more OPS Specialists, carefully selected and trained to assist you and get your practice set up even faster!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this service, OPS is a complete and thorough diagnostic review of your practice’s policies, procedures, and systems performed by one of our OPS Specialists, with a view to identifying and correcting the weaknesses that could be exploited by an embezzler. Your assigned OPS Specialist will focus on over 25 of what we consider to be the most important policies and procedures, essential to a healthy, well-functioning practice. Based on our specialist’s in-depth review, we make recommendations on what areas we feel need upgrading, elimination, and restructuring to make your office the most efficient and productive place for you to earn your living. OPS provides you with peace of mind, by ensuring that you have the right office systems in place, and that staff compliance with your policies is measurable. OPS is not software, but it is the most advanced protection system available, designed by Prosperident, specifically for dentistry. We would like to invite you to visit our website to find out more.
So, welcome September! The Prosperident team and I would like to wish you and yours a happy and prosperous “New Year.”
David Harris
CEO

We are Prosperident, Dentistry’s Embezzlement Experts