Editor’s note — as you may know, we normally confine ourselves to investigating dental office embezzlement. However, we do provide reporting on significant embezzlements in medical offices because the methodologies employed have considerable commonality.
LOOMNGTON — A Clinton woman accused of stealing more than $400,000 from the medical practice that employed her is in negotiations with federal prosecutors to resolve charges that carry a possible 20-year prison term.
In a court filing delaying her March 7 jury trial in U.S. District Court in Springfield, attorneys for the government and Veronica Luster disclosed that the two sides “have met on several occasions in an effort to resolve the factual disputes regarding the amounts in issue” and recently obtained information.
A March 17 hearing is set to discuss a change in Luster’s not guilty plea she entered shortly after her arrest on mail and wire fraud charges in 2015 related to the alleged embezzlement of more than $400,000 from Clinton Internal Medicine and Dr. Farrukh Kureishy.
The pending lawsuit seeks repayment of the office funds and Luster’s salary.
Luster was employed at the medical practice from 2005 until her termination in 2014 after the alleged embezzlement was discovered.
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