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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Australian bookkeeper charged with ‘substantial’ fraud

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A TOOWOOMBA bookkeeper charged with what police claim to be “a substantial” fraud has appeared before the city’s Magistrates Court.

During a brief mention of the case yesterday, Jason Andrew McWilliam was not called upon to enter any pleas to three counts of “stealing by clerks and servants”, as the charges appeared on the court list.

While the amounts of money involved were not aired in court, Officer in Charge of Toowoomba’s Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker confirmed the case involved “a substantial amount of money” from each of three complainants.

The three complainant companies are all Toowoomba-based, he said.

The Chronicle understands the bookkeeper transferred $60,000 from one client’s account into his own for personal use and that the other two complainants also claim tens of thousands of dollars had been transferred from their accounts.

It is believed a Toowoomba-based dental surgery reported the missing funds to police after being notified of back taxes owed to the Australian Tax Office.

The 45-year-old, who is believed to have overseen the dental practice’s daily financial transactions when working for an accountancy firm in Toowoomba, was charged last month after an official fraud investigation.

The defendant was represented in court by Toowoomba legal firm MacDonald Law and an adjournment was sought.

Magistrate Catherine Pirie remanded McWilliam on bail and adjourned the case for mention back in the same court on September 27.

Wheatland CA woman sentenced for embezzling $104k from orthodontist


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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Michigan woman embezzles $80k, sentenced to 8 months in jail

ESCANABA – A Gladstone woman, accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from her former employer, a dentist, made a plea agreement in Delta County Circuit Court Monday.

Bambi Lynn Johnson, 54, of 1019 Minneapolis Ave., Gladstone, was arrested in October on a charge of embezzlement of more than $50,000 but less than $100,000. During Monday’s court proceeding, Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement of more than $20,000 but less than $50,000. In exchange for this plea, the court dismissed the first count.

The felony charge carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is greater.

The charge relates to Johnson’s employment as a bookkeeper for Gladstone dentist Richard Ballard from 1998 to September 2007. Johnson worked at the dentist office, 716 Superior Ave., Gladstone, from 1990 to September 2007 when she left to work elsewhere. She was in charge of depositing funds for the business.

According to court records, as an employee of Ballard’s, Johnson converted to her own use, without consent, proceeds from the business. During Monday’s plea proceeding, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis ordered Johnson pay a restitution of $80,000 to the dentist.

Sentencing will take place in circuit court in about six weeks.

A warrant for Johnson’s arrest was authorized Oct. 23 following investigation by Gladstone Public Safety. The following week she was arrested and arraigned. She is free on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond.

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Michigan State Prison Inmate Details for JOHNSON, BAMBI LYNN


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Spouse Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion For Failing To Report Over $1.2 Million Of Income From Husband’s California Practice

Saratoga Resident Sentenced To Two And A Half Years In Prison For Failing To Report Over $2.1 Million Of Income

SAN JOSE – Liping Liu was sentenced today to 30 months imprisonment, a $25,000 fine, and ordered to pay $744,248 in restitution for tax evasion, United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez announced.

According to the plea agreement, Liu was the receptionist and office manager for her spouse’s pediatric dental and orthodontic practice. Liu created a tax evasion scheme in which she skimmed money from various sources, including rental properties and her spouse’s dental and orthodontic practice. Liu admitted that she knew her actions were against the law and she was evading the assessment and payment of federal taxes throughout the course of her scheme.

Liu evaded taxes by funneling money from her husband’s practice into various bank accounts to prevent those funds from appearing in the business bank accounts. The only funds deposited into the business bank accounts were insurance payments, aside from thirteen personal checks in 2006 and one personal check in 2009. Liu admitted that she deposited the insurance proceeds exclusively into the business accounts because she knew the insurance company reported these payments to the IRS. Liu further admitted that she offered a 10% discount to dental clients if they paid in cash or by check, as long as they left the payee section on the check blank. Liu also modified checks, in the memo and payee fields to disguise the source of the payment. This enabled her to deposit the checks into the non-business accounts and evade taxes.

In addition, according to her plea agreement, from 2006 through 2010, Liu was a 50% partner in a limited liability corporation, HSL, which was created to hold rental property. Liu diverted rental checks paid to HSL to non-business bank accounts for the purpose of evading taxes on the HSL entity. She also changed the payee information on numerous rental checks.

From 2006 through 2010, Liu omitted $2,147,741.04 in gross receipts. This resulted in additional tax due and owing of $744,248.

Liu also admitted to providing incomplete and false information to the family bookkeeper, and engaging in a series of structured cash transactions from September 2008 to September 2009, which allowed her to continue to hide taxes from the IRS.

Liu, 56, of Saratoga was charged on March 19, 2014, with one count of tax evasion. She pleaded guilty to the charge on March 24, 2014.

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, United States District Court Judge, in San Jose. Judge Whyte also sentenced Liu to a three-year term of supervised release. The defendant was ordered to surrender on December 1, 2014.

Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moore is prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

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Plains MT woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $250,000, sentenced to 5 years

A Plains woman who admitted to embezzling more than a quarter-million dollars from a local dental clinic was sentenced Friday to 30 years with 25 suspended in the Montana Department of Corrections.

Dorothea P. Knudson, 45, of Plains, pleaded guilty to theft by embezzlement, deceptive practices and theft by insurance fraud in Ravalli County District Court in May.

She was sentenced to 10 years with five suspended for embezzlement, 10 years suspend for deceptive practices and 10 years suspended for insurance fraud, to run consecutively.

Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffrey Langton recommended that the time Knudson is incarcerated be spent in a pre-release center so she could continue paying restitution.

After sentencing, Deputy County Attorney William Fulbright was disappointed at what he called “a slap on the wrist.”

“I’m disappointed that a bookkeeper can steal $250,000, and not set foot in prison,” he said in a prepared statement.

Fulbright argued for a Montana State Prison commitment for 10 years for the first charge, five years suspended for the second and 10 years with five suspended for the third count.

“This sentence is clearly driven by the (Montana State Prison) Sentence Review Board’s prior intervention in the sentencing of the Teller Wildlife Refuge and Specialty Woodworks embezzlers,” Fulbright said. It is unfortunate that this virtually unknown institution, not subject to review, has taken away discretion our district court should feel to sentence appropriately. The Sentence Review Board has again sent the message that white-collar crime pays in Montana.”

In two recent Ravalli County embezzlement cases, the board knocked down hefty prison sentences in favor of a few years of probation for convicted felons.

The defendant argued for 20 years in the Montana Department of Corrections with 18 years suspended, including participation in the adult probation intensive supervision program.

From March 1994 to July 2003 Knudson stole $228,000 from her employers’ checking account by thieving cash paid by patients and through unauthorized use of business credit cards. Knudson worked as an office manager for East Side Dental Clinic in Florence.

Knudson tricked the dental clinic’s owners into writing her 185 checks worth more than $163,500. Knudson also filed a number of fraudulent insurance claims worth $35,836.

Langton ordered Knudson to pay $228,861 in restitution to the owners of the dental practice. He also ordered her to pay the remaining $1,140 to the Delta Dental Insurance Company.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fulbright recommended 25 years with 10 years suspended, saying Knudson exploited a trusting friendship with the Laceys, who own the business.

While this was going on the Laceys were struggling, yet she kept doing it,” he said.

Sandy Lacey testified Knudson was a supportive friend to her when her mother passed away, offering a shoulder to cry on. Yet that same week she took thousands of dollars from the business.

“I don’t want her to pay us back by doing this to someone else,” Lacey said. She added that while they were struggling to makes ends meet living in a 1,000-square-foot apartment, Knudson and her family were living a fancy lifestyle in a nice big house.

Lacey said Knudson was taking $2,500 to $5,500 a month from the practice.

It took hundreds of hours over the last three years for the Laceys to go through their records from the dental clinic to figure out what items were fraudulent and what was valid.

Knudson was initially charged with two counts of theft by embezzlement, theft by deception and forgery, all felonies, but a May 24 plea agreement amended the charges.

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An Australian Embezzlement: Woman jailed for stealing from dentist to feed gambling habit

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 unauthorised 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 reoffend.

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

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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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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Oregon Bookkeeper bags nearly half a million dollars, builds swimming pool. Sentenced to three years.

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Sometimes being too trusting can end up costing you a lot of money.

Medford dentist Sandra Carmeci found this out to the tune of more than $160,000 after her bookkeeper reportedly forged checks and racked up credit card bills in the office’s name over the course of several years.

Medford financial detectives believe Jodi Lynne Setzer, 42, of Central Point, made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars from small businesses in Medford, Phoenix and Rainier by ingratiating herself with the owners.

Winning their trust turned into a lucrative scheme after Setzer allegedly began financing her lifestyle, which included building a pool in her yard and buying clothes, with allegedly embezzled funds, police said.

“Unfortunately, it’s this trust that makes people victims,” Medford police Sgt. Brent Mak said.

Carmeci employed Setzer as her bookkeeper for nearly 10 years. During that time, the two became close, Carmeci said.

“I knew her kid and her family,” she said. “It’s been a difficult year. The deception is the hardest thing, when you find out a friend is not a friend.”

Carmeci became suspicious when some red flags appeared in the practice’s business accounts. A check of the books turned up about $80,000 in embezzled funds siphoned off the business and into Setzer’s wallet.

“At first I didn’t even want to call the police because I knew her and her kid so well,” Carmeci said. “We eventually worked out a deal where she paid me back.”

However, more and more losses were found over time, which eventually added up to more than $160,000, Carmeci said.

The last straw came when Carmeci found that thousands of illegal painkiller prescriptions were collected by Setzer. Carmeci called the police after that discovery.

Meanwhile, Stephen Petersen, a Rainier attorney, was digging through his own books and finding close to $300,000 in losses. He, too, had hired Setzer as a bookkeeper for his law business.

“Honestly, I don’t know how much she got me for,” Petersen said. “I just knew that I should have been doing better than I was. Come to find out, I was losing a lot of money.”

Detectives also contacted the Phoenix-based Noel Lesley Event Services, where Setzer had worked as a bookkeeper for a few months in 2011. In that time, police allege, Setzer wrote several fraudulent checks and made unauthorized fund transfers, with a loss of $39,200.

Financial detectives believe all of this could have been avoided if the business owners had installed a checks-and-balances system in the bookkeeping process.

“You never want just one person handling your finances,” Mak said. “And if you do, then you want to have regular, random audits of the books to see if everything is copacetic.”

Both Carmeci and Petersen said they never noticed the money disappearing from their businesses because the thefts were made gradually, over a period of years. In the end, it added up.

“When you’re running a practice and have a family, you sometimes don’t have time to look closely at the books,” Carmeci said. “But I won’t make that mistake again.”

Setzer faces a number of felony charges, including 10 counts of aggravated theft and first-degree theft. She is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 18 in Jackson County Circuit Court

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Embezzler gets three years for scheme

A Central Point bookkeeper was sentenced to three years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than a quarter-million dollars she embezzled from local business owners who entrusted her while unwittingly fueling her lavish lifestyle.

A Central Point bookkeeper was sentenced to three years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than a quarter-million dollars she embezzled from local business owners who entrusted her while unwittingly fueling her lavish lifestyle.

Under a plea deal, Jodi Lynne Setzer, 42, pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated identity theft, six counts of aggravated theft and two counts of first-degree theft stemming from two different cases.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Setzer to serve two years’ probation and to pay more than $263,000 to the bilked business owners, who include a local event planner and a dentist who considered her a good friend.

Setzer was taken into custody immediately after the brief 11 a.m. hearing.

Most embezzlement cases like these are tied to people with drug, alcohol or gambling problems, but those vices were not in Setzer’s background, Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said outside of court.In Setzer’s case, she skimmed money from her employers to live a few notches above what she could earn legitimately, Markiewicz said.

She had a child at one time in a Medford private school and had a pool built in her backyard, according to investigators.

“It was feeding a lifestyle that she really didn’t have enough money for,” Markiewicz said.

“In a lot of these cases, you have people who tend to have their vices,” he said. “She’s not the typical person to do this.”

However, Setzer’s case started as a drug investigation in July 2012 when the dentist for whom she worked as a bookkeeper suspected Setzer was using the dentist’s identity to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for the drug hydrocodone, commonly known by the trade name Vicodin.

Investigators later learned through the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that she had forged about 150 prescriptions for about 7,800 hydrocodone doses.

When she and husband Jason Setzer were arrested two weeks later, police found no illegal prescription drugs in their possession, so their case was handled as theft and record tampering, Markiewicz said.

Investigators discovered Setzer used electronic transfers from her employer’s account to pay her personal bills, investigators said.

That employer alone saw almost $205,000 siphoned from her business account by Setzer between April 2007 and April 2012, according to prosecutors. Setzer worked for that dentist for 13 years, prosecutors said.

“She was stealing money from a lot of people for a lot longer time than she was getting hydrocodone,” Markiewicz said.

Setzer’s bank records also revealed that she stole money in similar fashion from two other victims, identified by investigators as a local event planner and a Rainier attorney.

Jason Setzer has an Aug. 13 court hearing scheduled for a change of plea in his case. He faces four counts of aggravated identity theft for his alleged part in the prescription medication fraud, court records show.

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