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.
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.
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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An Australian Embezzlement: Woman Jailed For Stealing From Dentist To Feed Gambling Habit

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A WOMAN who pilfered close to $200,000 from her employers to feed her pokies habit, continuing to embezzle even after her thefts were discovered, has been jailed for at least nine months.

Mother of two Agnes Pashen, 40, told dentist Dr James Davies almost daily that she would repay the $143,500 she stole after his accountant, while investigating the reason behind the dental practice’s financial failings, discovered the missing money.

Over more than four years, the dental nurse and bookkeeper overpaid her own wages, duplicated payments using internet banking and wrote unauthorized cheques.

She blew the money on pokies and house repayments, the County Court heard. Chief Judge Michael Rozenes said Pashen committed a “serious breach of trust” and continued to thieve, even after Dr Davies allowed her to continue working for him with certain conditions.

During that time, Pashen did book work for a plumber, from whom she stole more than $37,000, bringing the total amount stolen to $181,221.

The plumber reported the thefts to police, who later discovered she had been stealing from the dental practice.

Pashen pleaded guilty to six counts of theft, representing the more than 200 times she stole from the businesses.

Defence counsel Kenneth Oldis said his client had a tough upbringing and suffered depression and anxiety as a result.

He said the Mill Park woman was “frozen with terror” about the prospect of jail time.

Judge Rozenes said the thefts from two small businesses were too serious to warrant any other sentence than immediate imprisonment.

“Thefts by employees are pernicious and particularly so in small businesses, where levels of scrutiny are usually low and hence much reliance is placed on the integrity of trusted staff,” Judge Rozenes said.

The judge said this type of offending was also notoriously difficult to detect and could have deleterious consequences to the ongoing viability of the business, as it did in this case.

Dr Davies told the court his business reputation had been affected by the deception, as well as his credit rating and his hopes of a self-funded retirement.

The judge acknowledged Pashen – who had one unrelated prior – had good prospects of rehabilitation and was unlikely to re-offend.

He sentenced her to two years imprisonment, with a nonparole period of nine months.


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Illinois Bookkeeper Gets 5 Years For Embezzling $127,000

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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

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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

tammy chancey 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

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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

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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

Atkinson_Winch 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 of 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 of probation. She will have to pay back $1,000 in criminal restitution and $109,000 in civil.
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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 Show Details 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

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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   _______________

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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