Minnesota woman sentenced for stealing almost $500,000 from dental office

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MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman was sentenced to almost four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing almost $500,000 dollars from the dental office where she worked as manager.

Teresa Rae Larson, 45, was sentenced in Clay County District Court Tuesday to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to four counts of diversion of corporate property, a felony. Eleven other counts against Larson were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Larson admitted to stealing from her employer, Northland Dental, starting in January 2006 and continuing until last April.

Victims who spoke in court Tuesday said Larson used the more than $497,000 she stole for cosmetic surgery, trips to Hawaii, clothes, jewelry, and for work on her home.

Larson apologized to her victims in court.


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Former manager of South Carolina dental office gets 6 years in prison for embezzlement

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Linda Branton Gregg, 54, of Armadillo Court near St. Stephen pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Moncks Corner courtroom to a charge of breach of trust of more than $10,000 after money went missing from St. Stephen Family Dentistry. (PROVIDED)

A former office manager for a St. Stephen dentist was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for funneling tens of thousands of dollars from the practice.

Linda Branton Gregg, 54, of Armadillo Court near St. Stephen pleaded guilty in a Moncks Corner courtroom to a charge of breach of trust of more than $10,000.

Ninth Circuit Judge Roger Young gave her the maximum 10-year prison sentence, which was suspended in lieu of six years in prison and three years of probation.

Gregg had been arrested in December 2011 on suspicion that she stole more than $80,000 from St. Stephen Family Dentistry on South Main Street, where she had worked for about 25 years.

Capt. Rick Ollic of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the case along with the St. Stephen Police Department, said Thursday that “it was a good outcome based on the circumstances.”

The loss of the funds was said to have devastated the dental practice financially and its owner, Dr. Tristan Cordray, emotionally, his attorney said.

Though she faced only one charge, Gregg also stole money from Dr. Herbert Orvin, who had owned the practice before his death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A native of Ravenel, Cordray purchased the business in 2008, shortly after he graduated from dental school and decided to practice in a rural area, according a Post and Courier profile of him that was published before the allegations surfaced.

The practice sued Gregg and her fiance, Douglas Allen Kaufman. In December, Circuit Judge Markley Dennis awarded $569,371.47 in damages to the dentist.

One of Cordray’s attorneys in the lawsuit, Oana Johnson of Charleston, said the theft had been a “big loss.”

“Part of the problem was that they all trusted her,” Johnson said. “That’s as painful as losing money sometimes.”

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Manhattan dentist receptionist stole patient info to buy $700K in Apple gift cards; sentenced to two years in prison

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A receptionist at a Manhattan dental office stole confidential information from hundreds of patient’s and teamed up with a former Apple employee to open fraudulent credit lines and buy hundreds

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MANHATTAN, NY — A former receptionist at a Manhattan dental office was sentenced to at least two years in prison on Tuesday for stealing the personal data of hundreds of patients at the dental office where she worked and using it to buy Apple products, prosecutors said.

Annie Vuong, 31, was an integral part of an identify theft ring that began stealing information like names, birthdays, address and social security numbers from patients at Vuong’s Manhattan dental office, district attorney Cy Vance said. Vuong would send the stolen data to Devin Bazile, a former Apple store employee, who would use the information to purchase instant credit offered by Apple.

Between May and November 2012, Vuong copied the data of at least 653 patients and shared it with Bazile, prosecutors said.

In total, Vuong, Bazile and two other co-defendants purchased more than $700,000 in Apple products using the fraudulent credit, according to authorities.

“Annie Vuong exploited her access to confidential patient information to commit large-scale identity theft against hundreds of unsuspecting victims, as a jury found in this 189-count conviction,” Vance said in a statement. “Her role as the source of stolen information set this entire scheme into motion, enabling her co-defendants to rack up more than $700,000 in fraudulent purchases.”

The group was indicted in February 2015 after more than two years of investigation by Vance’s office.

In March, Vuong was found guilty of 189 charges, including grand larceny and identify theft. She was sentenced to serve between two and six years in state prison.

Vuong’s three co-defendants have already been sentenced. Baile, 33, was sentenced to serve between three and nine years in prison.

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A receptionist at a Manhattan dental office stole confidential information from hundreds of patient’s and teamed up with a former Apple employee to open fraudulent credit lines and buy hundreds of thousands in Apple gift cards, authorities said.

Annie Vuong, 27, allegedly copied the confidential records of over 250 patients, including their dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers and emailed the pilfered data to her cohort, former Apple salesman Devin Bazile, 30, court records show.

Bazile used the patients’ information to apply online for instant Apple credit lines ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 with an accomplice, Sharniqkwa Dukes, authorities alleged.

They received bar codes via email that could be used like a credit cards.

Bazile and another accomplice, Joshua Haughton, allegedly recruited crooked Apple employees in Manhattan, White Plains and New Jersey, authorities said.

They’d email the bar codes to Apple salesmen, including Ahmeen Evans, 26, to buy the gift cards so as not to arouse suspicion, court papers say.

The cybercrime ring allegedly bought $700,000 worth of Apple products with the fraudulent gift cards, according to the indictment.

The four were indicted on 394 counts of grand larceny, identity theft and other raps for the scam that ran from May to November 2012, court records show.

They pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Justice Melissa Jackson set bail at $750,000 for the ringleader, Bazile.

Vuong, her attorney said in court, is currently working for American Express.

“Using stolen information to purchase Apple products is one of the most common schemes employed by cybercrime and identity theft rings today,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “We see in case after case how all it takes is single insider at a company – in this instance, allegedly, a receptionist in a dentists’ office – to set an identity theft ring in motion, which then tries to monetize the stolen information by purchasing Apple goods for resale or personal use.”

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Wisconsin woman charged with $680K theft from orthodontist

MOUNT PLEASANT — A 74-year-old Racine woman is facing five felony charges that she allegedly stole from and defrauded a Mount Pleasant orthodontics firm for which she was handling bookkeeping.

 

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MOUNT PLEASANT — A 74-year-old Racine woman is facing five felony charges that she allegedly stole from and defrauded a Mount Pleasant orthodontics firm for which she was handling bookkeeping.

Joyce F. Sakach of the 2800 block of Oregon Street was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with theft from a business setting, two counts of felony personal identity theft, unauthorized use of an entity’s identifying information and fraud against a financial institution. She was free on $500 cash bond Tuesday awaiting a preliminary hearing on April 8, court records indicate.

According to a criminal complaint from the county District Attorney’s Office, Sakach was employed with a Mount Pleasant accounting firm and was assigned day-to-day accounting for Chu Crew Orthodontics, 1130 S. Sunnyslope Drive. In that capacity, she had authority to print checks to pay bills, the complaint states.

 A 2013 audit of records showed that between 2007 and 2013, Sakach allegedly wrote 340 fraudulent checks on the orthodontics firm’s account totaling $680,197.99, the complaint states. Sakach also allegedly opened a bank account for a company that did not exist, wrote checks from the orthodontics firm and deposited them in the bank account for the faux firm.

The complaint states that Sakach used checks from the phony company to make purchases or pay bills with Kohl’s, Time Warner Cable and credit card companies. In addition, ATM withdrawals were made at casinos in Milwaukee and Las Vegas, the complaint states.

Virginia Physicians for Women employee accused of stealing $800

Editor’s note — as you may know, we normally confine ourselves to investigating dental office embezzlement.  However, we do provide reporting on significant embezzlements in medical offices because the methodologies employed have considerable commonality.


A billing specialist for Virginia Physicians for Women is accused of taking more than $800,000 from the Chesterfield company.

 

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) –

A billing specialist for Virginia Physicians for Women is accused of taking more than $800,000 from the Chesterfield company.

Edith W. Harris embezzled the money over the course of at least five years, according to Chesterfield Police. Now, investigators are working to find out exactly how much was taken.

Harris was arrested last week and faces 11 counts of felony embezzlement. She has been released from the Chesterfield County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

“Virginia Physicians for Women is working closely with the Chesterfield Police Department regarding a personnel matter,” said Ronald Milligan, Chief Operating Officer of Virginia Physicians For Women, in a statement. “The investigation is ongoing, and because this is a confidential, personnel matter, we are unable to further comment at this time.”

A spokesperson for VPFW adds, “Less than one percent of our patients were impacted and we are working on reinstating accounts with any credit balances previously removed. Patients impacted will receive communications from VPFW notifying them of any credit to their account as it occurs.”

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Run, Arica, Run! Police search for office manager Arica Cameron accused of stealing $630k from dentist – Georgia Newsday

Atlanta police are looking for a dental office manager suspected of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from her boss.

A prominent Buckhead dentist told reporters that a major bank is also to blame.

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“She was caught red-handed by Wells Fargo Bank, calling me and telling me that she had been depositing checks made out to my business into her personal account,” said Dr. Bob Feil of his former manager, Arica Cameron.

“(It’s) north of $630,000,” he said.

Feil showed reporters five of the more than 500 checks he says Cameron deposited at Wells Fargo ATMs.

One from Delta Dental Insurance is for nearly $2,500. The endorsement stamp is for deposit to Feil’s account, but Cameron’s signature is on it, he said.

Feil complains a human teller would have questioned the transactions, but they sailed through via automation.

“She ended up walking out of the office before the police came, so she hasn’t been caught,” said Feil.

The arrest warrant has been out for more than a year. Feil has spent 10 months and six figures in legal fees fighting Wells Fargo.

“Part of me says, ‘Wrong is wrong,'” he said.

A spokesperson for Wells Fargo told reporters it won’t comment on an ongoing lawsuit.

In an affidavit, a private investigator swore he tried for two months to find Cameron with no luck.

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Another embezzler joins the exclusive “Half Million Dollar Club”

 The man, I’ll refer to him as Dr. Smith, was sitting in a leather chair in his attractive reception area. He was a well-dressed, distinguished-looking man who appeared every bit like the highly respected dental specialist he is. He is in the prime of his career and obviously accustomed to being the master of his domain.

This day, however, it was evident that things were not well in Dr. Smith’s kingdom. He was agitated and obviously resentful of the intrusion I was making into his life. “You’ve made a mistake,” he told me. “This can’t be right.”

There was no mistake; the news I had just given him was accurate. His trusted office manager of nearly 20 years had been stealing from his partners and him. On receiving this information, Dr. Smith leaned forward, placed his head in his hands, and fell silent.

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