Jill Beaghley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania remained behind bars Monday after admitting her role in a scam to rip off a Hatboro dentist.
Jill M. Beaghley, 38, the former office manager for Dr. Larry E. Krevitz, last week was sentenced to time served (from Aug. 23) to 23 months in jail after pleading guilty to a felony theft by deception charge for stealing $48,779 from Krevitz’ dental practice between April 22 and July 15.
Jill Beaghley, who worked for Krevitz for more than 16 years, also will have to serve three years of probation after she completes her parole time, pay $48,779 in restitution to her former employer and, if necessary, testify against her two alleged codefendants.
The two others alleged to have participated in the scam with Jill Beaghley are Cavon Broaddus, 28, of Philadelphia, and Donald Lynch, 47, of Willow Grove, according to court documents. Both men are scheduled for pretrial conference hearings on Jan. 7.
Krevitz, who operates a dental practice in the 100 block of North York Road, reported to police on July 12 that he believed he had been a victim of a theft.
Krevitz reported that he had performed dental work on a female patient, billing her $118.72 for his services. The patient provided Krevitz with a canceled check indicating she had paid for those services but that no payment was applied to her account, according to the criminal complaint.
Determining that the check was cashed at a Warminster check cashing agency, Hatboro police discovered that between April 22 and July 15 a man identifying himself as Krevitz had made 93 transactions involving 143 checks at the agency, according to the complaint. The 93 transactions totaled $39,908.
Showing Krevitz’s photo to employees at the check cashing agency, all of them said he was not the person who had identified himself as Krevitz, the complaint said.
Advised of the status of the police investigation, Krevitz launched an audit of his patients’ records and determined that all of the accounts involving checks cashed at the check cashing agency had been manipulated internally and that his signature stamp had been used to endorse those checks.
Krevitz also told authorities that Jill Beaghley’s primary responsibility was to post payments received in the mail from patients and/or their insurance companies. She would also help patients at the counter with their payments, some of them cash, the complaint said.
On Aug. 13, police interviewed Lynch, who gave authorities a statement as to his involvement in the theft, according to documents.
Lynch reportedly told police that, in April, he had been given several identifying items including a driver’s license, a credit card and a Florida beach pass that enabled him to identify himself as Krevitz.
Lynch alleged that Beaghley stole the checks from the dental office and then gave them to Broaddus, who drove Lynch to the check cashing agency, the complaint said. Lynch said he turned over the proceeds from the checks to Broaddus, according to the complaint. Lynch said he was paid a total of $900 to $1,000 for his part in the scam, the complaint said.
Jill Beaghley, who Krevitz said he treated as a family member, did more than simply take the money, according to an impact statement provided by the dentist.
“She hurt my reputation with my patients,” said Krevitz in the statement, adding that his practice is still financially recovering from the thefts, that his records are “in shambles” and that some patients still are unsure whether their accounts are right.
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