Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy faces up to 51 months in prison and fines for forgery, mail fraud and wire fraud. Working as a dental office manager, she forged doctors’ names to insurance checks and deposited them to her own accounts.
Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Updated May 27, 2011 at 8:18 PM
For Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy, the scheme was simple.
Starting in 2006, she got jobs as an office or front desk manager for Quincy-area dental practices, forged insurance reimbursement checks with doctors’ names and deposited them to her accounts.
Now she has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Nguyen, 32, was convicted late Thursday on three counts of uttering a forged security, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.
She’ll be sentenced Sept. 13. By the terms of her plea agreement she faces up to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $75,000, and restitution to the dental offices.
Prosecutors said Nguyen repeated her scheme at four local offices, going from one to another. When she also had access to the practice’s check book, she would also forge doctors’ name to those and cash or deposit them.
In at least one case Nguyen was fired when her embezzlement was discovered.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, the Norfolk and Suffolk County District Attorney’s offices and the state insurance fraud bureau.
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