Office manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $580,000 from Birmingham surgical practice

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.

The medical office manager federally indicted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Anntwine Moss, 49, of Bessemer pleaded guilty to charges that she stole at least $580,000 from Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Alabama, reports U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. She entered her plea before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to five counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion for stealing from the Birmingham surgical practice between 2006 and 2013.

Sentencing is scheduled June 9.

According to the indictment and Moss’ plea agreement with the government, she executed a scheme to defraud the surgical practice by using her authority as office manager to write unauthorized checks to herself, make unauthorized direct deposits into her account, and use the company’s credit cards for unauthorized personal purchases. As office manager, Moss had authority over several key functions, including payroll, accounting, bookkeeping and managing the office’s budget.

She admitted to falsifying her personal tax returns for several years by not reporting the stolen money amounts to the IRS.

The maximum penalty for each wire fraud count is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each tax evasion count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The FBI and IRS investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Xavier O. Carter Sr. is prosecuting.

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