Wheatland CA woman sentenced for embezzling $104k from orthodontist

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A Wheatland woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from a Yuba City doctor’s office.

Jo Ginia Moniz, 43, was sentenced by Sutter County Superior Court Judge Brian Aronson after pleading to a charge of grand theft.

“She got the strictest sentence she could get, so we’re satisfied,” said Dr. Bonita Hoskins, an orthodontist. “It’s been hanging over our heads for 2 1⁄2 years; it’s such a relief.”

Writing herself fraudulent checks and skimming cash from bank deposits, Moniz stole $104,000 from Hoskins and her husband, John, between January 2006 and November 2009, according to the Sutter County District Attorney’s Office.

Moniz was hired in 2001 and promoted to bookkeeper in 2005.

Another employee discovered the fraud and alerted the Hoskins in 2009.

Hoskins said she and her husband were “kind of shocked” when they learned their long-time employee had been stealing from them.

“She was a real confidence man,” Hoskins said. “We didn’t realize the extent of it at first.”

Moniz will serve her prison sentence in the Sutter County Jail as part of the state’s new prison realignment program.

“She continued and delayed everything for two years, so that’s what she received,” Hoskins said.

Sutter County Deputy District Attorney Clint Curry confirmed Moniz was sentenced under the parameters of Assembly Bill 109.

“It’s interesting, too, because the last case we had similar to this, the defendant also received three years, but actually had to serve her time in real prison,” Curry said.

Tiffany L. Lovell, 32, took more than $150,000, also from a Yuba City dentist, between 2005 and 2010.

Hoskins said she and her husband are putting the incident behind them.

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Nova Scotia woman sentenced to 12 months in prison for embezzling $103k

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Teresa Marie Cox-Kubas, 39, stole $103,293.06 from Dr. Robert Rix through hundreds of transactions over a four-year period. She was sentenced in November 2005 to one year in jail followed by two years of probation

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Albuquerque Woman Charged With Embezzlement

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The economy initially appeared to be the cause of a local orthodontist’s financial woes, but an audit instead found that a northwest Albuquerque woman allegedly embezzled thousands from the business, according to a criminal complaint.

Albuquerque orthodontist Dr. Mitchell Silverman had been struggling for more than a year financially and blamed the economy until he realized that he had not seen a decrease in patients, but a decrease in profits.

Silverman asked his accounting firm to do an audit in March and auditors found several discrepancies. A preliminary audit found about $150,000 missing from Silverman’s business, the complaint reads.

The audit found Medicaid and other types of checks had not been deposited and were missing, according to the complaint. It also found deletions in the accounting system.

Paula Carver, 42, was the office manager from December 2008 until she was terminated following the audit in late-March. She had been responsible for taking payments from patients as well as billing and receiving payments from insurance companies and Medicaid, according to the complaint.

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Embezzlers Tennessee Target Dental School

On October 12, 2005, a Shelby County grand jury indicted 68 people alleged to be part of an embezzlement scheme which targeted the UT dental college. Agents for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found that about $130,000 was embezzled by three former employees of the college via reimbursement checks, which is reserved for patients at the college. The crime occurred between August 15, 2002 and November 3, 2003. Two of the former employees, Connie Ackerson and Alberta Paylor, were arrested.


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Maine office manager charged with embezzling more than $100k

ELLSWORTH — A Waldo County woman has been charged with theft and forgery after police said she allegedly bilked a business where she worked out of more than $100,000.

Michelle Ludden, 35, of Jackson was summoned by Ellsworth Police Detective Dotty Small Tuesday on charges of felony-level theft and forgery after she allegedly stole $106,242.44 from a local dentist’s office over a period of 16 months.

Small said Ludden worked as office manager at the practice, and as such had direct access to its finances. Small said Ludden allegedly used a debit card she was not authorized to use to fund a separate business account and then wrote checks payable to herself and others from the latter account.

Small said Ludden also made cash withdrawals from that latter business account. The thefts are alleged to have occurred in a period between December 2014 and April of this year.

The forgery charge stems from Ludden allegedly forging her employer’s signature to endorse the checks that she then went on to make out to herself and others.

Small said the employer came to police in April after a bank informed the employer that the practice’s account was overdrawn.

Small said both charges against Ludden are Class B charges. Class B theft is defined as a theft involving $10,000 or more, Small said, and is the highest level theft charge in Maine (the state does not have a Class A theft charge). Likewise, Class B forgery is the most serious forgery charge an individual can face.

Ludden is due in court in Ellsworth on Tuesday, July 19.


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Vernon CT woman accused of stealing from dentist; admits to stealing $50k, actually took $240k

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A Vernon woman is facing embezzlement charges after police say she stole money from the South Windsor dental practice where she worked.

42-year-old Alicia Parzych was arrested on a warrant on Friday.

Parzych’s charges stem from a December 2013 complaint by a local dentist where she worked. Investigators worked with the victim and reviewed years of bank records, which led to her arrest.

Parzych is being charged with Larceny in the First Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and False Statement in the Second Degree.

She was released on $25,000.000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on April 3.

Antioch CA woman arrested for embezzlement — stole before, but previous dentist didn’t take action

Piedmont police on Monday arrested a 35-year-old woman and charged her with embezzling more than $100,000 from a Piedmont dentist.

The Antioch resident, 35-year-old Sunny L. Gresham, was arrested at her current employer’s dental office in Brentwood, Piedmont Detective Catherine Carr said.

She was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is facing 26 felony counts of grand theft. Her bail has been set at $100,000.

This January, the Piedmont dentist reported to Piedmont police that he believed a former employee had embezzled funds for approximately three years. Gresham had left his employment after a disagreement over working hours and salary. The dentist also suspected something was amiss with her accounting practices.

She had served as an office manager and accounts manager, Carr said.

A new accountant hired by the Piedmont dentist started noticing suspicious discrepancies of a few thousand dollars here, a few thousand there. It is believed Gresham funneled money via credits to her credit card and out of petty cash. Police could not prove the thefts from petty cash, Carr said.

But, Carr said, “Every time she did a transaction over $400, there was another count of grand theft added.”

Carr completed a year-long investigation of the allegations which culminated in Gresham’s arrest on Monday in Brentwood.

Carr said in the course of her investigation she spoke to a dentist where Gresham worked previously.

“He said, ‘Oh, she’s done it again’ but that dentist never pressed charges on her,” Carr said.

Gresham was apparently planning a wedding during her employment with the Piedmont dentist.

“The withdrawals seemed to ramp up as the wedding got closer,” Carr said.

Gresham was arrested around 1 p.m. Monday. She has no previous criminal record, police said.


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Embezzlement lands Missouri woman in prison

A Chesterfield, Mo., woman has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement from a dental office and tax evasion.

Carol Strope, 55, was sentenced to five months in prison, which may be in a work release setting, followed by five months of home confinement. In addition, she must pay $50,000 in restitution to the dentist and file new tax returns for the years that she understated her income.

Strope pleaded guilty last December to one felony count of tax evasion, one felony count of mail fraud and one felony count of credit card fraud. When employed as an office manager for a St. Louis County dentist, she began embezzling money from the business using the company accounts to pay for personal expenditures. She was alleged to have embezzled $193,000 from the dental business.


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Connecticut manager embezzles $200k, receives three years in prison

NEW BRITAIN — A 40-year-old dentist’s assistant was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for embezzling more than $200,000 from her employer.

Donna Rizzo of the Unionville section of Farmington, formerly a manager in the office of Plainville dentist Thomas Peltzer, stole the money over a period of a year and a half, according to the charges.

Defense attorney Peter W. Soulsby told the court that Rizzo was intent upon showering gifts and treats upon Joseph Rizzo, whom she met while working at the office and eventually married. Donna Rizzo was caught after a co-worker in the office asked how a woman with Rizzo’s salary could afford such a large wedding, Soulsby said.

Joseph Rizzo is a sergeant in the New Britain Police Department. He was not implicated in the crime.

Donna Rizzo spent large sums on a home before her wedding, a car and pleasure trips to New York City, according to authorities.

Rizzo, whose annual salary at the dentist’s office was $30,000 to $40,000, told a Plainville police officer in April, 2001, before her arrest a month later, that she took the money because her employer was “evil” and had “stolen” her pension, court records say. She told police she’d spent all the embezzled money on her children and to get out of debt, records say.

But a sobbing Rizzo apologized repeatedly to Peltzer Tuesday, and Soulsby said court officials had taken her critical comments about Peltzer out of context.

Then Rizzo told the judge: “I don’t know where to begin. I put all of you in an embarrassing situation.” Then, briefly turning toward Peltzer, she added, “I put you in one. I don’t expect anyone to forgive me. I won’t forgive myself.”

She said that to go to jail without reimbursing the dentist would be “the easy way out.” She added: “More than money, I hope he [Peltzer] will be able to get peace and trust people because that is more important than the money. That is priceless.” Rizzo said she will repay her former employer if it takes the rest of her life.

Superior Court Judge Howard T. Owens Jr. sentenced Rizzo to 10 years in prison, suspended after three years, five years probation, restitution upon her release of $100 per week and appropriate mental treatment. Rizzo pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny in March without any promise of a fixed sentence ceiling.

Owens said he could not ignore the damages Rizzo caused to Peltzer, to his office, to his employees and others. Peltzer’s Hartford lawyer, Michael Budlong, said the embezzlement caused the dentist to cut back on benefits to employees and to work countless hours to recover financially. Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Preleski said it would take him five years of “take home” pay to make up the sum Rizzo stole.

Court records say Rizzo’s employer became suspicious about money shortages and called in a former employee to help audit financial records. The audit found patient payments made from 1998 to 2000 often were not posted against their balances and that some patient files were missing or deleted from the office records.

Police found that 160 checks totaling $150,000 payable to the dentist were deposited into Rizzo’s personal account after someone forged his signature, records say. Police said they also found bank records of 157 cash deposits totaling $49,931 into Rizzo’s account.


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Don’t see this one every day … Missouri receptionist convicted of embezzling from her father’s practice — sentenced to 18 months in prison

Surrounded by family and friends, a Houston woman was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison on charges that she embezzled from her elderly father.

Shirley A. Scheets, 50, was ordered to prison by Aug. 3 after U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr heard testimony during a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in downtown Springfield. The prison time is followed by three years of supervised probation, and Scheets also must immediately make restitution to her father, Dr. Glen Schuster, who testified against her from a wheelchair and described himself as financially broke, urging the judge to mandate a long prison term and restitution to him. His daughter, Lea, sat nearby. In lieu of a timely payment, Scheets may make installments under a formula outlined by Dorr, who said the sentence was dictated by a guilty plea entered earlier by Scheets.

Despite pleas for leniency, Dorr said probation was inconsistent with the magnitude of the crime, he wouldn’t be swayed by the emotions of the testimony about Scheets’ character and must follow the facts in the case. “It’s as though we’re dealing with two different people,” Dorr said after hearing several pleas for probation. Scheets’ attorney, Scott McBride of Rolla, can appeal.

 About 75 friends and family gathered in a small third-floor courtroom in support of Scheets, who served as her father’s office manager at his South Sam Houston Blvd. dental practice and assisted him on a horse and dog breeding operation east of Houston. About 85 letters of support were reviewed by the judge, who noted the outpouring of support was exceptional in his career.

Friends and acquaintances said Scheets was a faithful, loving daughter who returned to her native Houston to help her father after he lost his office manager and needed assistance on the family farm. They noted she was eager to always help others.

Dr. B.C. Taylor, a Houston veterinarian, said he found Scheets active in the care of the animals when he arrived for calls. A family friend and former Schuster employee, Bob Richards, said the dentist’s daughter was always busy on the farm, performing chores.

“My personal feeling is that this shouldn’t have ever occurred,” Richards said of the charges brought in the April 2009 indictment by a grand jury.

Julius Fraley, a longtime neighbor to Schuster, said Scheets was actively involved in the management of the farm and readily helped him.

A high school classmate, Becky Bryan of Rolla, described how her friend returned to Houston to help her dad, telling her, “Daddy needs me.” Bryan said the statement was typical of her friend. “Shirley is the cream of crop,” she told the judge.

Bryan said Schuster’s testimony left her puzzled. “The man I know wouldn’t have ever said that,” she told Dorr and wondered if he was operating with “full capacity.”

Scheets’ employer, Dr. Tom Dunn, another local veterinarian, said Scheets was a trustworthy employee who excelled at her job. Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson said the Scheets family members were “good, hard-working people” and said he found the defendant to be faithful to family and willing “to do what was right.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robyn McKee said she didn’t doubt the sincerity of those seeking probation for Scheets, but the facts in the case files painted a different picture.

In a court filing last week, Scheets admitted to:

*Cashing $31,119 in CDs without the authorization of her father.

*Making $25,407 in credit card payments from her father’s business accounts without his authorization for charges she incurred.

*Taking $43,213 in Schuster’s Social Security checks without his authorization.

*Drawing out $25,056 on the victim’s accounts without his permission.

Dorr noted the agreed upon loss reflected about $100,000 less than what was determined by investigators.

Scheets also admitted that she concealed from her father the fact that she did not file income tax returns or pay Dr. Schuster’s income or personal property taxes from about 1997 to 2007. She admitted representing to her father that his tax returns and income and personal property taxes were being filed and paid in a timely manner. She also shielded Dr. Schuster from “learning the true nature and amount of the accumulated tax liability,” according to her agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office. A pre-sentence investigation report also shows Scheets was convicted with employee theft, a misdemeanor, in 1984 in Reno, Nev., McKee said.

Scheets told the judge she was sorry for her actions. She said she worked hard to juggle the demands of the dental practice and farm to provide her father with a sense of self worth, but cash from the business wasn’t enough to cover his expenses. Scheets told the judge she regretted not telling her father about his IRS tax shortfalls and for the resulting turmoil occurring in her family. “It has split the family wide open,” she said. Scheets no longer has any relationship with her father, and she told the judge Tuesday it would likely be the last time she would ever see him.

McKee, the federal prosecutor, said the Scheets’ claims of juggling financial accounts to keep Schuster’s affairs afloat didn’t add up, noting that his Social Security checks were cashed and not deposited into the proper account. The actions, McKee alleged, had left Schuster as “a virtual pauper” without insurance after his policies lapsed. Amid sobs in the courtroom, McKee said those gathered weren’t aware of the magnitude of the financial crime. Scheets also must face a county civil suit on credit card debt seeking about $5,100.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will assign Scheets’ incarceration venue. McBride asked that the location be a state close to her home.

PREVIOUSLY: A Houston woman who admitted stealing about $125,000 from her father was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Tuesday afternoon.

Shirley Ann Scheets received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Springfield. She also was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation and must pay $124,795 in restitution to her father, Dr. Glen Schuster, a retired dentist.

Scheets must report to prison Aug. 3. She has the right to appeal.

Several Houston residents testified on Scheets’ behalf, and about 85 sent letters to the judge.

Schuster testified against his daughter from a wheelchair. Another relative also testified against Scheets.

Sobs were heard throughout the courtroom as Scheets received her sentence.

PREVIOUSLY: A Houston woman admitted stealing about $125,000 from her father and not filing his tax returns over a 10-year period in a court document entered Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Shirley Ann Scheets, who is set to appear for a sentencing hearing Tuesday in federal court, admits:

*Cashing $31,119 in CDs without the authorization of her father, Dr. Glen Schuster, a retired dentist.

*Making $25,407 in credit card payments from her father’s business accounts without his authorization for charges she incurred.

*Taking $43,213 in Schuster’s Social Security checks without his authorization.

*Drawing out $25,056 on the victim’s accounts without his permission.

The agreed upon loss triggers an increase in her possible sentence under federal guidelines. She reserved her right to challenge the assessment during her sentencing hearing.

Scheets also admitted that she concealed from her father the fact that she did not file income tax returns or pay Dr. Schuster’s income or personal property taxes from about 1997 to 2007. She admitted representing to her father that his tax returns and income and personal property taxes were being filed and paid in a timely manner. She also shielded Dr. Schuster from “learning the true nature and amount of the accumulated tax liability,” according to her agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office.

Schuster entered a guilty plea in February to taking the $31,000. She was originally indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2009.

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