Indiana Woman Charged with Embezzling $300k from Orthodontist

Malinda Downey

A long-time employee of a local dental office has been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of nearly $300,000 from her employer over at least a four-year period beginning in 2015.

Malinda A. Downey, 47, of Madison, has been charged with one count of theft, a Level 5 felony, but additional charges could be forthcoming as accountants, Indiana State Police and the Jefferson County Prosecutors Office continue investigating the case.

Downey is currently free on a $10,000 cash bond. She appeared in Jefferson Superior Court Friday, for a reading of the charges and a “not guilty” plea was entered with her trial date set for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Downey, who was arrested by state police Wednesday, had been employed as an office worker at Pawlak Orthodontics, 160 Demaree Drive, Madison, for 17 years using both Ortho-Trac and Quickbooks programs to track customer payments, services and patient information before depositing receipts in the bank account for the business.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Dr. Elizabeth Pawlak, owner of the practice, had suspected discrepancies in receipts and deposits for some time but on July 11 and July 12 discovered that cash payments from two new patients were not properly documented. Pawlak then conducted a review that confirmed payments recorded in Quickbooks did not match those recorded in Ortho-Trac and an estimated $150,000 could not be accounted for.

At that point, Pawlak asked Indiana State Police to investigate the case and Det. David Makowsky advised Pawlak to seek a complete audit of her books.

The affidavit said Pawlak spoke with Downey about the discrepancies on Aug. 12 with Makowsky present and Downey indicated that she must have recorded the transaction incorrectly. When confronted with other discrepancies, Downey did not have an explanation for the missing funds.

Eventually, Makowsky asked Downey how much money was missing and she told him she “did not know.” He asked if she had taken any money prior to 2014 and she said she “didn’t think so” and that she “did not remember if she ever put any money back,” the affidavit said.

At that point Downey said she did not want to speak to Makowsky any further. They set up a time to meet the following day but prior to that Downey notified Makowsky that she did not want to meet with him further.

Autumn Dean, an accountant with Hartman and Williams LLC, completed an audit of the records at Pawlak Orthodontics and, based on a summary between the Ortho-trac and Quickbooks records, $292,251.32 was found missing between 2014 and 2019, the affidavit said.

Dean’s report indicated that a sample comparison of Ortho-Trac entries made under Downey’s login credentials compared to payments recorded in Quickbooks from 2015 to 2019 showed that payments were recorded in Ortho-Trac but not in Quickbooks and that $74,078.00 was missing in Quickbooks. Additional transactions still are being scrutinized.

The investigation led to Wednesday’s warrant issued for Downey’s arrest on the Level 5 felony charge of theft (over $50,000). She was booked at the Jefferson County Jail and later released on bond.

Pawlak has since issued a statement to reassure patients that the thefts that are charged were from Pawlak and not customers.

“We at Pawlak Orthodontics want to thank our patients for being dedicated to our office. We appreciate the loyalty you have shown us. We have had an unfortunate situation occur. A former employee has been charged with theft of funds from our office. We want to assure everyone that this has not affected any patient’s accounts. These were cash-only payments and only affected the bottom line for Dr. Pawlak.

“We want to assure everyone that we have taken measures to make sure that something like this will not occur again. Again, we sincerely appreciate the support and patience we have received from everyone while we deal with this issue.”

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Colorado Woman Charged With Embezzling $250k From Orthodontist

June 30, 2004

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Cheryl Dunlap, the woman charged with embezzling more than $250,000 from a local orthodontist while employed there, waived her formal advisement of charges Wednesday. Her next court date was set for Aug. 19 so her attorney, Tom Silverman, has time to read through the “complex and voluminous” documents associated with the case. Dunlap, 46, worked as a bookkeeper for John Traul Orthodontics in Glenwood Springs for 10 years.

She is accused of writing 111 bogus company checks to herself totaling $252,087.62 between April 1999 and February 2004, the arrest affidavit said. Traul first discovered money was missing from his business in March when he was notified by his accountant that Dunlap was suspected of cashing an unauthorized check against one of the business accounts.”Traul stated that there were several checks signed by Dunlap, and there were also several checks that had been deposited but were not signed,” the affidavit said. Dunlap also might have used a signature stamp to forge some of the checks, the affidavit said. The affidavit said Dunlap admitted to police that she stole the money and she wanted to “make it right.”Dunlap told officers, “Everyone knows that I’m guilty, I did it and that it is time that I admit to it,” according to the affidavit. Traul’s orthodontics business has offices in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Rifle.

If Dunlap is convicted on both charges, she could face 5 to 15 years in prison.

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Illinois Bookkeeper charged with stealing $400,000 from dental office; bail set at $300k

Bail has been set at $300,000 for a Crest Hill woman charged with stealing more than $400,000 from the Hinsdale dental office where she worked part time, according to a news release from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

Roxana Dusanek, of 1300 block of Harvest Drive, worked as a bookkeeper at the dental office and, using a stamp of her employer’s signature, wrote hundreds of fake checks out to her and her business, IMC Services Group, according to the release.

The 56-year-old Dusanek also sent payments from her employer’s bank account to the bank account of her business, the release said.

The thefts took place over a span of three years, from February 2014 to June 2017, until authorities at the dental office uncovered them and contacted the Hinsdale Police Department, according to the release.

Dusanek has been charged with two counts of theft in excess of $100,000, one count of continuing financial crimes enterprise and six counts of forgery. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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Former Office Manager of Boston Dental Practice Charged with embezzling $348,000

BOSTON – The former office manager of a Boston-based dental practice was charged in an indictment unsealed today in connection with embezzling funds from her former employer.

Yuliya Vaysglus, a/k/a Julia Vaysglus, 35, of Cary, N.C., was charged with eight counts of bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and three counts of filing false tax returns. Vaysglus will appear today in federal court in Boston.

The indictment alleges that from 2009 until she was terminated in February 2015, Vaysglus was the office manager of a Massachusetts dental practice. Her responsibilities involved tracking client invoices, depositing insurance payments into the practice’s bank account, and recording those deposits for accounting purposes. Between 2009 and December 2014, it is alleged that Vaysglus misappropriated more than $348,000 from the dental practice by diverting to herself at least 276 checks from various insurance companies for services rendered to patients. As part of the scheme, Vaysglus made the checks payable to herself, forged the owner’s signature on the checks, and deposited them into her bank account. In order to conceal the scheme, Vaysglus did not record the insurance payments in the bookkeeping system. The indictment further alleges that Vaysglus failed to report the embezzled funds on her federal tax returns.

The charge of bank fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million. The charge of filing a false tax return  provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year sentence that must run consecutively to any other sentence, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Boston; and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild of Lelling’s Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Oklahoma woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $280,000 from dental office

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $280,000 from a dental office.

Officials with the United States Department of Justice say Annette M. Straily, of Comanche, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and singing a false federal income tax return in connection with a $283,000 embezzlement scheme from a Duncan dental office.

Officials say on May 24, Straily was charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return.

From April 2012 until June 2017, Straily worked as the office manager of a dental office in Duncan, Oklahoma.

As part of her job, she prepared checks, paid invoices, managed the accounting system, and maintained the petty cash fund.

Yesterday, officials say Straily pleaded guilty to preparing an unauthorized office check, in the amount of $1,266.80, made payable to herself in February 2017.

Straily reportedly admitted that she forged the signature on the dental office’s check and later presented that check for payment against the dental office’s bank account at a local bank.

As part of her plea, Straily further admitted that she embezzled funds from her former employer from around April 2012 through June 2017.

Straily stipulated in a plea agreement that the total restitution due to the Duncan dental office from the embezzlement scheme is $283,005.11.

In addition to pleading guilty to bank fraud, Straily pleaded guilty to signing a false tax return.

She admitted that on April 13, 2016, she signed a personal federal tax return for the 2015 calendar year that she knew was false because it reported only $49,127 in total income.

At yesterday’s plea hearing, Straily admitted that she omitted on the 2015 return more than $100,000 of embezzled income for that year from the dental office.

As part of her plea agreement, Straily agreed that she owes $54,286 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for the tax loss.

At sentencing, Straily faces up to 30 years in prison on the bank fraud count, plus five years of supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine.

Straily also faces up to three years in prison on the tax count, in addition to one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Straily will be sentenced in approximately 90 days, officials say.

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Texas Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing Over $300,000 From Dentist

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is charging a 35-year-old San Benito man with stealing more than $300,000 from a Los Fresnos dentist office over a three-year period.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said investigators arrested Francisco Hernandez-Limon Wednesday on Rio Hondo School District property. According to the district’s website, Hernandez-Limon worked as a bookkeeper.

The allegations, however, stem from when Hernandez-Limon worked at Los Fresnos Family Dentistry.

In 2016, Lucio said that office’s owner contacted him to file a report about $48,000 that was missing from the books. Investigators would later discover a total of $308,000 that was missing and accuse Hernandez-Limon of stealing it through various methods.

Lucio said Hernandez-Limon took cash from Los Fresnos Family Dentistry, forged checks, used the company credit card to charge personal items and gave himself unauthorized bonuses.

Hernandez-Limon is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property. Lucio said the suspect, if convicted, could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison, but not less than five years and also face a $10,000 fine.

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NC Woman stole $400,000 from dentist, spent it on Disney World and other vacations. Sentenced to five years.

A woman who admitted stealing $409,000 from a Huntersville dental office she managed has been sentenced to a minimum of nearly five years in prison.

Angela Nicole Brown, 45, of Charlotte spent part of the money she stole from the practice of Dr. John Wells on vacations, including to Disney World, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said last week.

Brown was sentenced after pleading guilty in Mecklenburg County Superior Court to embezzlement greater than $100,000.

In 2015, Wells found that Brown had written unauthorized checks to herself and taken cash from the office’s business account from February 2010 to February 2015, according to the district attorney’s office.

Wells also discovered that Brown had used the practice’s credit card to pay for her utility bills, gas fill-ups, store purchases and vacations, prosecutors said. Wells did not return calls seeking comment last week. Wells declined to comment about the case when reached by the Observer.

Brown also was ordered to pay the money back.

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Tennessee bookkeeper accused of embezzling $250k from dental practice

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said authorities arrested a Tennessee woman in Colorado for stealing from a dental practice.

According to the TBI, 43-year-old Aleea Nash was arrested Monday in Colorado.

Agents said she is accused of stealing more than $250,000 while working as a receptionist and bookkeeper for a Lewisburg dental practice. The TBI said she took the money from Feb. 2014-Jan. 2017.

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CT dentist gets prison term for embezzling from practice

Dentist Gets Prison Term

February 05, 2004

The co-owner and vice president of a West Hartford dental practice was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay more than $340,000 he fraudulently diverted from the practice.

Dentist Jay L. Mestel, 43, of Weatogue, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September, told U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton that he has already made restitution to West Hartford Family Dentistry, federal officials said.

Arterton ordered Mestel to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on June 11. She also sentenced him to two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine and ordered him to file amended income tax returns.

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Pullman WA woman sentenced for embezzling $437,000

A former office manager for a Pullman dentist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling $437,000 from her employer over 12 years.

Debora Jo Ailor, 47, of Pullman was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud.

Ailor had worked as the office manager for Dr. Delbert Rohn, a Pullman dentist, since the 1980s.

Ailor prepared about 50 checks each month to be drawn on Rohn’s checking account to pay operating expenses and payroll for his practice and to pay his personal expenses, according to a plea agreement.

On essentially a monthly basis, from February 1992 through July 2004, Ailor prepared an additional check that she used to pay bills for a credit card her family used to charge personal expenses – clothes, restaurant meals, entertainment and regional travel, U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt said in a news release.

Her employer was unaware that one of the checks his office manager presented to him in the monthly stack represented payment for her family’s personal expenses, McDevitt said. She concealed the embezzlement from Rohn and an accountant who prepared his taxes by allocating the funds to expense accounts such as office supplies, dental supplies and the owner’s salary, McDevitt said.

The judge also ordered Ailor to serve three years of supervised release when she gets out of prison and make restitution to Rohn in the amount of $445,113.

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