Illinois Bookkeeper gets 5 years for embezzling $127,000

ELMHURST — An Elmhurst bookkeeper was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years in prison for embezzling about $127,000 from a dental office in 2004 and 2005.

Patricia Gaffney, 54, who was convicted by a jury in April of theft of more than $10,000, continued Wednesday to maintain her innocence, blaming her attorneys, the judge’s evidential rulings, the company’s dentists and their office staff. But she admitted having financialproblems.

“You treated the doctors’ accounts as your own piggy banks,” said DuPage County Judge Mark Dwyer.

Assistant State’s Atty. Ken Tatarelis said Gaffney had confessed to Elmhurst police in a 22-page statement but later recanted about depositing checks from Advanced Oral & Maxillofacial.


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South Carolina Dentist loses over $100k in embezzlement — sues former receptionist, her husband and two banks

CHARLESTON – A former South Charleston dentist is claiming his office assistant embezzled more than $100,000.

Dr. Jack Shamblin filed the lawsuit June 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court against J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank One Corp. and Patricia and Larry Conley.

He says Patricia Conley was stealing from two of his accounts while employed there, claiming she “obtained access to both of the accounts through computer banking systems created and maintained by the bank without his knowledge.”

Conley was hired in December 2003, the lawsuit says, and began forging the authorization of checks by using a signature stamp of Shamblin’s that was approximately 40 years old.

At first, it says she took at least $17,000 from Shamblin’s personal account before eventually stealing more than $100,000 from the business account.

Shamblin says he discontinued his practice June 30, 2005. He charges the two banks with negligence and breach of contracts. He charges Conley with fraud, unjust enrichment and outrage and adds that her husband Larry knew what was going on and received the stolen funds.

Michael L. Glasser of Meyer and Ford in Charleston is representing the plaintiffs, who include Shamblin’s wife Kay. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Judge Tod Kaufman has been assigned the case.


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Enterprise, AL woman charged with embezzling $100,000 from ex-husband’s dental practice

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Enterprise Police arrested an Enterprise woman in connection with the alleged theft of more than $100,000 from Dr. Kenneth W. Chancey, a local dentist.

Tammy Murphy Chancey, 39, was married to Dr. Chancey when the thefts are alleged to have occurred.

     Capt. Mike Lolley, EPD public information officer, said an investigation revealed the alleged thefts occurred from 2006 to 2009.

Court records indicate Kenneth Chancey filed for divorce July 7, 2010, with a separation date of June 24, 2010.

The complaint states that Tammy Chancey was serving as a bookkeeper for the dental practice during the time the thefts allegedly occurred.

She was charged with first-degree theft of property and released on a $10,000 bond.


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Louisiana woman who admitted she embezzled $189,000 from dentist’s office sentenced to 18 months in prison

A Covington woman who previously admitted that she embezzled almost $190,000 from a Metairie dentist’s office where she worked has been sentenced to serve one year and six months in federal prison, and ordered to pay back the money she stole from the company. Kelly Muller pleaded guilty in February to one count of embezzlement of health care funds.

Court records show U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval sentenced Muller last week. In addition to prison time and restitution, Muller will be placed on three years supervised release once she’s released from prison, court records show.

Muller must pay $189,588 in restitution to Oral Surgery Limited in Metairie.

According to a bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans last year, Muller worked as an office manager and bookkeeper at the Metairie dentist’s office. She is accused of embezzling the money between 2008 and 2010.

Muller must report to prison by noon on Jan. 2.


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Pennsylvania woman charged with embezzling about $140,000 from dental practice

A Cumru Township woman has been charged with embezzling about $140,000 over six years from a Spring Township dental practice where she was the business manager.

Lois Lombardo, 56, of the first block of Flint Ridge Road stole the money from the accounts of Forry & Huber Associates, 1920 Van Reed Road, detectives said Friday.

Lombardo waived a hearing Tuesday before District Judge Ann L. Young on 37 counts each of forgery, identity theft and theft by deception. Lombardo remained free pending further court action.

Spring detectives arrested Lombardo, a 28-year employee, in January following an eight-month investigation.

Investigators said:

Owners Dr. Robert Forry and Dr. David Huber contacted police May 1, nearly one year after auditor Michael Rowley of Herbein & Co. Inc., Spring Township, found discrepancies between deposit slips and actual deposits.

Lombardo was fired and agreed to repay the money. She repaid $26,216, then stopped. The doctors contacted police.

The doctors gave Detective Dennis A. Riegel a copy of Rowley’s report, showing $140,811 was taken.

Lombardo forged 37 checks, payable to her for $23,449.

There also were $103,113 in deposit discrepancies, $3,917 in billing discrepancies and $3,000 in charges unrelated to the business.

Lombardo kept cash that was to be deposited and replaced it with checks from patients’ insurance companies.

She also adjusted patients’ billing accounts to conceal the misappropriations.

In addition to the money that Lombardo repaid, the doctors’ insurance company reimbursed them $20,000, reducing their total loss to $91,145.

Riegel said that Lombardo has cooperated, but he did not know what she did with the money.

The doctors declined comment.


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Two Arrested For Embezzlement At North Carolina Dental Office

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An embezzlement case in Brunswick County has finally come to an end.

This week two women pleaded guilty to charges from 2012.

While they were working at the Tidewater Dental Office in Calabash, they stole more than $100,000 over the course of a few years.

Jada Atkinson (above, left) and April Winch pleaded guilty yesterday.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Thurston says Atkinson will serve 30 days in jail time with five years probation. She has to pay back $10,000 in criminal restitution and $104,000 in civil restitution. Winch was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and three to five years probation. She will have to pay back $1,000 in criminal restitution and $109,000 in civil.


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County Court Details

Records shown on this page may not refer to the same individual, and may or may not pertain to the same charge.

Full Name: Jada Atkinson

Record Date:

Location: Southport

Record Date

04 November 2013

Full Name

Jada Atkinson

Age

46

DOB

June, 1970

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

1741 Salisbury Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts demographic criminal

Charges Filed Date

04 November 2013

Case Number

09013003957CRS

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

Full Name: Jada Willoughby Atkinson

Record Date:

Location: Southport

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Full Name: Jada Willoughby Atkinson

Record Date:

Location: Southport

Record Date

17 May 2012

Full Name

Jada Willoughby Atkinson

Age

46

DOB

June, 1970

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

1741 Salisbury Rd, Bsl, Southport, NC 28461

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts demographic criminal

Charges Filed Date

17 May 2012

Case Number

09012052242CR

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

Full Name: Jada Willoughby Atkinson

Record Date:

Location: Southport

Record Date

31 January 2011

Full Name

Jada Willoughby Atkinson

Age

46

DOB

June, 1970

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

1741 Salisbury Rd, Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts demographic infractions

Charges Filed Date

31 January 2011

Case Number

09011700343IF

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

CONSPIRACY

Full Name: Jada Atkinson

Record Date: 01 June 2007

Location: Brunswick County

Charge

CONSPIRACY

Record Date

UNKNOWN

Full Name

Jada Atkinson

Age

46

DOB

June, 1970

County Name

Brunswick County

Source

NC Dept of Corrections Supervision

Offense Description

CONSPIRACY

Offense Date

01 June 2007

Case Number

13003957

Case Type

FELON

Disposition

NOLO CONTENDRE

County Court Details

Records shown on this page may not refer to the same individual, and may or may not pertain to the same charge.

Full Name: April Ferris Winch

Record Date:

Location: Southport

Record Date

13 July 2012

Full Name

April Ferris Winch

Age

52

DOB

October, 1963

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

1741 Salisbury Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts demographic criminal

Charges Filed Date

13 July 2012

Case Number

09012053432CR

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

Full Name: April Ferris Winch

Record Date:

Location: Southport

Record Date

20 April 2010

Full Name

April Ferris Winch

Age

52

DOB

October, 1963

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

35 Redwood Bsl Rd, Southport, NC 28461

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts Demographic Infractions

Charges Filed Date

20 April 2010

Case Number

64010702722IF

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

Full Name: April Ferris Winch

Record Date:

Location: Oak Island

Record Date

UNKNOWN

Full Name

April Ferris Winch

Age

52

DOB

October, 1963

County Name

Brunswick County

Address

101 NE 72nd St, Oak Island, NC 28465

Source

NC Admin Office of Courts demographic criminal

Offense Code

Citation No:C2139000

Case Number

59090018566CR

Disposition

UNKNOWN

 

EMBEZZLEMENT

Full Name: April Ferris Winch

Record Date: 01 June 2007

Location: Brunswick County

Charge

EMBEZZLEMENT

Record Date

UNKNOWN

Full Name

April Ferris Winch

Age

52

DOB

October, 1963

County Name

Brunswick County

Source

NC Dept of Corrections Supervision

Offense Description

EMBEZZLEMENT

Offense Date

01 June 2007

Case Number

13003962

Case Type

FELON

Disposition

NOLO CONTENDRE

Disposition Date

06 August 2014

Conviction Date

06 August 2014

 

 

Disposition Date

06 August 2014

Conviction Date

06 August 2014

 

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Charged with numerous embezzlement offences in Pennsylvania, Michael Grover Cowan sentenced to two to seven years in jail

NORRISTOWN – A former West Reading man is headed to state prison for stealing more than $100,000 from a Lower Pottsgrove dental business where he worked.

Grover Michael Cowan, 35, formerly of the 800 block of Summit Chase Drive, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to two to seven years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to charges of theft by deception and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received in connection with incidents that occurred between May 2005 and July 2006 while he worked for American Dental Service of Pottstown.

Judge William J. Furber Jr., who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Cowan to pay $102,424 in restitution to the dental business, which is located in the 1800 block of East High Street.

“He’s a con man. He’s been conning people his whole life in order to steal from them,” argued Assistant District Attorney Christopher Parisi, who sought a state prison sentence against Cowan. “When you’re dealing with someone like that, the only way to put an end to that activity is to get a state sentence that sends a message that we aren’t going to tolerate it.”

Cowan also admitted that his arrest in the theft case represented a violation of the probation and parole he received in December 2003 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by deception in connection with $1,500 that went missing from Today’s Furniture and Bedding in Jenkintown where Cowan had once worked.

“The con has ended and Mr. Cowan is now a resident of the state prison,” Parisi said.

Cowan, who most recently claimed he lived in New Kensington, which is near Pittsburgh, was represented by defense lawyer Gerald Ingram.

Cowan, who was formerly employed as a treatment plan coordinator at American Dental Service of Pottstown, was initially arrested in August 2006 by Lower Pottsgrove Police and charged with forgery and theft by deception. In that case, authorities alleged Cowan placed his name as the payee on a $4,000 check that was submitted to the company from a patient for dental services.

Cowan allegedly cashed the altered check and retained the $4,000 for himself.

As part of Cowan’s duties while working at American Dental he was responsible for establishing payment plans and collecting payments for services rendered to patients, authorities alleged. In his position, Cowan verified insurance coverage, established credit for patients via loans and collected cash and checks.

The additional alleged thefts were uncovered after company officials conducted an internal audit of all accounts handled by Cowan.

The alleged thefts totaled $102,424, according to court papers. Authorities said Cowan spent the money and none of it was recovered.

Testimony and court documents revealed that Cowan still is awaiting court action on other theft-related charges in Westmoreland County.

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Convicted Nova Scotia thief asks judge for longer jail term to address gambling addiction

debbie rushtonA Nova Scotia woman who is addicted to gambling on video-lottery terminals has been sentenced to two years in jail for stealing from her employers.

Court heard that Debbie Rushton stole more than $230,000 from T. A. Orthodontics and Donford Enterprises of Truro, N.S.

The 45-year-old woman from nearby Debert, N.S., pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges in January.

During her sentencing hearing yesterday, the Crown and the defence detailed Ms. Rushton’s addiction to VLTs.

Ms. Rushton stole the money over a seven-year period to obtain money for her gambling habit, court was told.

Judge John MacDougall initially imposed an 18-month sentence in a provincial jail.

But he increased the sentence at Ms. Rushton’s request because she wants to get access to rehabilitation services available at federal prisons.

Evidence presented to the court stated the woman was working overtime when she made many of her thefts.

Ms. Rushton stayed late many nights at the orthodontist’s office manipulating the books so the doctor wouldn’t know she was stealing from him.

Judge MacDougall heard in provincial court that Donald Johnston noticed she was working late and decided to pay her an extra half-hour per day. “A nice little bump up, given she was using the extra time to steal from her employer,” the judge said.

Nearly $220,000 was taken in more than 700 transactions, and it cost nearly $20,000 for a forensic audit to uncover the theft from T. A. Orthodontics.

A further $11,641 was taken from the associated company, Donford Enterprises Ltd., and it took another $3,500 in audit costs to uncover that theft.

Ms. Rushton secured a loan from her mother and paid $40,000 in restitution.

Defence lawyer Jill Nette told the court that Ms. Rushton had done extensive research and knew that there were more programs available in federal prison for her gambling addiction than she could find in a provincial institution.

Ms. Nette argued that Ms. Rushton used the money to feed an uncontrollable VLT addiction.

“All the money she had went to gambling,” Ms. Nette said.

“It was not uncommon for her to gamble $1,000 per week.”


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Judge agrees to woman’s request for longer jail term

A woman in Truro, N.S., made an unusual request Thursday: she asked for a longer jail term.

Debbie Rushton, 45, of nearby Debert, had already pleaded guilty to stealing more than $230,000 from her former employer over a seven-year period, and the judge initially sentenced her to 18 months in a provincial jail.

When her lawyer, Jill Nette, explained that Rushton was addicted to video-lottery gambling, and would only get proper treatment for it in a federal prison, Judge John MacDougall agreed to her request for a two-year sentence, which would automatically send her to a federal institution.

“She had done some research, and satisfied herself that the federal institution would provide better services and better rehab, rehabilitation services for her particular problem,” Nette said.

During her sentencing hearing Thursday, the Crown and the defence both detailed Rushton’s addiction to VLTs.

The court was told Rushton stole the money over a seven-year period to get money for her gambling habit.

“All the money she had went to gambling,” said Nette. “It was not uncommon for her to gamble $1,000 per week.”

Rushton stayed late many nights at the orthodontist’s office where she worked, manipulating the books so her employer wouldn’t know she was stealing from him, the court was told.

Elizabeth Fry Society addictions counsellor Jeanette Milley said Thursday she is seeing an increase in the number of women with gambling addictions who are getting in trouble with the law.

“The VLTs especially, we notice a marked increase in, where women are self-medicating with the use of VLTs, and it’s increasing, year by the year, the number of women who seek our help,” Milley said.

Milley says she expects to see more cases of women choosing longer sentences, because often the only way to get in-house treatment for their problems is in a federal institution.

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Minnesota woman embezzles over $200k; serves sentence on weekends.

A 50-year-old Hastings woman, Cynthia Amelia Schmitz, will begin serving weekends in the Ramsey County Workhouse this Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the sentencing order of July 18 for her guilty plea to one felony count of theft by swindle.

Schmitz had previously entered the guilty plea for stealing more than $200,000 from the company she worked for in White Bear Lake for more than five years.

At the July 18 sentencing, Schmitz was sentenced to 21 months in prison, but that term was stayed. She was sentenced to serve 120 days in the Ramsey County Workhouse (weekends), remain law abiding, continue counseling, pay restitution to the company as determined by the court, and be on probation for 20 years.

The charge was filed against Schmitz in April in Ramsey County. Schmitz was the office manager for Crocus Dental Technologies from April 30, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2007, and she embezzled more than $200,000 from the company, according to court documents.

When she left the company at the end of last year, Schmitz told co-workers she was going to move to Hawaii and own a coffee bean farm.

The owner of the business, who believed that Schmitz had embezzled company funds, called White Bear Lake Police to the business on Jan. 22 of this year. As office manager, Schmitz’ responsibilities included printing payroll checks, sending out bills and handling payments from clients. All payments from clients were to be deposited into the company’s bank account. After Schmitz quit in December 2007, an independent audit confirmed that many payments by customers had not been deposited into the bank account, but rather into Schmitz’ accounts at another bank. The owner told police Schmitz did not have permission to deposit any the customers’ payments into an account other than the company’s regular account.

From the accountant’s report, the company was able to verify in 2005 Schmitz apparently stole more than $54,000; in 2006, she apparently stole more than $73,000; and in 2007, she apparently stole more than $129,000.

A search warrant for Schmitz’ savings and checking accounts was executed Jan. 28, and funds totaling more than $120,000 were received from them.

The company’s owner told police she had received a call from Schmitz’ husband, who told her his wife had confessed to him she had stolen the money. He said they would try to pay back the money.

The company’s auditor also told the company owner Schmitz had used the Crocus Dental Technology accounts to ship items to Hawaii (where Schmitz had moved).

On March 17, Schmitz and her attorney came to the White Bear Lake Police Department. When questioned, Cynthia Schmitz admitted to stealing the money by depositing the checks made payable to Crocus Dental Technology into her own personal checking accounts. She said she initially took the money to help pay medical bills, but then continued because she felt a need to help other people.


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Hastings woman accused of embezzlement

A 50-year-old Hastings woman, Cynthia Amelia Schmitz, faces one felony count of theft by swindle after she allegedly stole more than $200,000 from the company she worked for in White Bear Lake.

 According to the criminal complaint filed April 4 in Ramsey County District Court, while Schmitz was the office manager for Crocus Dental Technologies from April 30, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2007, she apparently embezzled more than $200,000 from the company.

When she left the company at the end of last year, Schmitz told co-workers she was going to move to Hawaii and own a coffee bean farm.

The owner of the business, who believed that Schmitz had embezzled company funds, called White Bear Lake Police to the business on Jan. 22. As office manager, Schmitz’ responsibilities included printing payroll checks, sending out bills and handling payments from clients.

All payments from clients were to be deposited into the company’s bank account. After Schmitz quit in December 2007, an independent audit confirmed that many payments by customers had not been deposited into the bank account, but rather into Schmitz’ accounts at another bank. The owner told police Schmitz did not have permission to deposit any of the customers’ payments into an account other than the company’s regular account.

From the accountant’s report, the company was able to verify Schmitz apparently stole more than $54,000 in 2005; in 2006, she apparently stole more than $73,000; and in 2007, she apparently stole more than $129,000. The auditor is continuing to look at the years 2002 through 2004.

A search warrant for Schmitz’ savings and checking accounts was executed Jan. 28, and funds totaling more than $120,000 were received from them.

The company’s owner told police she had received a call from Schmitz’ husband, who told her his wife had confessed to him she had stolen the money. He said they would try to pay back the money.

The company’s auditor also told the company owner Schmitz had used the Crocus Dental Technology accounts to ship items to Hawaii (where Schmitz had moved).

On March 17, Schmitz and her attorney came to the White Bear Lake Police Department. When questioned, Cynthia Schmitz admitted to stealing the money by depositing the checks made payable to Crocus Dental Technology into her own personal checking accounts. She said she initially took the money to help pay medical bills, but then continued because she felt a need to help other people.

Schmitz is scheduled to make her first court appearance in Ramsey County May 7.

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THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Full Name: Cynthia Ameila Schmitz
Record Date:
Location: Lake County
Charge
THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Record Date
UNKNOWN
Full Name
Cynthia Ameila Schmitz
Age
59
DOB
September, 1957
County Name
Lake County
Source
MN Administrator OF The Courts
Offense Description
THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Offense Code
609.52.2(4)
Arresting Agency
WHITE BEAR LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Case Number
62K308001239
Disposition
CONVICTED
Disposition Date
18 July 2008