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.
Content retrieved from: Officials: Wilton woman stole over $800K from Executive Woods medical offices
COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Wilton woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from a local medical practice where she was employed.
Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery is housed on the second floor of the Executive Woods building. Colonie police said Debra Obenhoff, 44, used her position as manager to steal nearly $1 million from the business over three years.
The alleged embezzlement took place between 2008 and 2011.
“We conducted our investigation and were able to bring the charges against her for the embezzlement of well over $800,000,” Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn said.
The total amount was $871,727.94, according to police.
Obenhoff is accused of stealing the money by writing checks to a business she owns in Saratoga.
“That does appear to be where this money was going,” Lt. Winn said. “She was writing checks to that business.”
Police said she also made electronic payments to her credit card, gave herself a bonus, and paid for unauthorized health insurance.
“Other money went toward credit card bills, student loans,” Lt. Winn said. “There was a variety of different things. A bonus that she paid to herself; healthcare that she was receiving.”
Police received a tip about the embezzlement about two weeks ago. Obenhoff turned herself in Wednesday night accompanied by her attorney. She was then arraigned and released on probation supervision.
The owner of Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery did not want to comment.
Obenhoff is facing one count of Grand Larceny and could spend up to six years in jail for the crime.
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