A Cumru Township woman has been charged with embezzling about $140,000 over six years from a Spring Township dental practice where she was the business manager.
Lois Lombardo, 56, of the first block of Flint Ridge Road stole the money from the accounts of Forry & Huber Associates, 1920 Van Reed Road, detectives said Friday.
Lombardo waived a hearing Tuesday before District Judge Ann L. Young on 37 counts each of forgery, identity theft and theft by deception. Lombardo remained free pending further court action.
Spring detectives arrested Lombardo, a 28-year employee, in January following an eight-month investigation.
Owners Dr. Robert Forry and Dr. David Huber contacted police May 1, nearly one year after auditor Michael Rowley of Herbein & Co. Inc., Spring Township, found discrepancies between deposit slips and actual deposits.
Lombardo was fired and agreed to repay the money. She repaid $26,216, then stopped. The doctors contacted police.
The doctors gave Detective Dennis A. Riegel a copy of Rowley’s report, showing $140,811 was taken.
Lombardo forged 37 checks, payable to her for $23,449.
There also were $103,113 in deposit discrepancies, $3,917 in billing discrepancies and $3,000 in charges unrelated to the business.
Lombardo kept cash that was to be deposited and replaced it with checks from patients’ insurance companies.
She also adjusted patients’ billing accounts to conceal the misappropriations.
In addition to the money that Lombardo repaid, the doctors’ insurance company reimbursed them $20,000, reducing their total loss to $91,145.
Riegel said that Lombardo has cooperated, but he did not know what she did with the money.
The doctors declined comment.
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