Woman arrested in $20,000 embezzlement from California dental office

January 20, 2009
From M.S. Enkoji:

Sacramento Police arrested Margaret Serna, 42, for embezzlement charges today after she turned herself in to authorities.

Sacramento Police detectives believe Serna took about $20,700 during 2005 to 2008 from the dental office where she worked for about five years.

Serna is suspected of pocketing patients’ personal checks and cash when they paid for services, said Sacramento Police Detective Claressa Wilson.

Serna worked for Dr. Michael Quessenberry, who had a practice near the Pocket area in Sacramento, police said.


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Antioch CA woman arrested for embezzlement — stole before, but previous dentist didn’t take action

Piedmont police on Monday arrested a 35-year-old woman and charged her with embezzling more than $100,000 from a Piedmont dentist.

The Antioch resident, 35-year-old Sunny L. Gresham, was arrested at her current employer’s dental office in Brentwood, Piedmont Detective Catherine Carr said.

She was booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is facing 26 felony counts of grand theft. Her bail has been set at $100,000.

This January, the Piedmont dentist reported to Piedmont police that he believed a former employee had embezzled funds for approximately three years. Gresham had left his employment after a disagreement over working hours and salary. The dentist also suspected something was amiss with her accounting practices.

She had served as an office manager and accounts manager, Carr said.

A new accountant hired by the Piedmont dentist started noticing suspicious discrepancies of a few thousand dollars here, a few thousand there. It is believed Gresham funneled money via credits to her credit card and out of petty cash. Police could not prove the thefts from petty cash, Carr said.

But, Carr said, “Every time she did a transaction over $400, there was another count of grand theft added.”

Carr completed a year-long investigation of the allegations which culminated in Gresham’s arrest on Monday in Brentwood.

Carr said in the course of her investigation she spoke to a dentist where Gresham worked previously.

“He said, ‘Oh, she’s done it again’ but that dentist never pressed charges on her,” Carr said.

Gresham was apparently planning a wedding during her employment with the Piedmont dentist.

“The withdrawals seemed to ramp up as the wedding got closer,” Carr said.

Gresham was arrested around 1 p.m. Monday. She has no previous criminal record, police said.


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Dentists behaving badly: California Dentist and spouse steal patient credit card information — rack up $260k in charges

An Encinitas dentist and his wife who admitted using credit card information from patients to buy luxury clothing and merchandise were each sentenced today to a year in jail and placed on five years probation.

Dr. Edward Bodek, 60, and wife Mary, 56, pleaded guilty earlier this year to financial elder abuse and identity theft. The defendants were sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge David Berry. According to court documents, patients began reporting last year that they were seeing unauthorized charges — mostly large charges ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 at a time — from the dental practice on their credit card statements. When patients called the dental office, they were told that the charges were errors that would be corrected, authorities said. A company that processes credit card charges for the dental office reported that there had been more than $260,000 in disputed charges in the defendants’ account since the beginning of 2012, according to the court documents.

Investigators learned that the Bodeks rented 30 storage units containing clothing, handbags and fur coats, most of which still had the sales tags on it and had never been worn.


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California’s Kristina Marie Corral arrested for embezzling from dentist

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And where Did The Money Go?

This is an article about parents of soccer players that interview Kristie.  Check out the final paragraph:

In a scene repeated all over the country, Kathy Watts loads daughters Brinley and Bryce into the family vehicle and heads down the Pennsylvania Turnpike en route to soccer training. Across the country, Kristina Corral picks up her son Cruz and a teammate and heads down Interstate 405, also to training.

More than an hour later each will still be driving.

As soccer families continue to seek the best opportunities for their children, families like the Wattses and Corrals are increasingly willing to literally go the extra miles. It is a lifestyle that may seem like too much, even to others already in the all-consuming fire that is elite youth soccer, but Kathy and Kristina have no doubts they are doing the right thing.

“We started here in Harrisburg (with a local club),” Kathy Watts explains. “But we wanted to put our kids in the best situation to succeed and be challenged on a daily basis. That’s why we looked for a team like that.”

Kristina Corral echoes a similar sentiment.

“People ask me ‘Are you crazy? Why don’t you play for a local team?’” she said. “But this was a great opportunity and by now I don’t think it even phases him.”

The Watts’ oldest daughter Brinley plays for a top-notch U16 team, Penn Strikers, whose training and home games are at Eastern University in the Philadelphia suburb of St Davids. Bryce plays for U13 standouts Spirit United in Downingtown. Both locations are more than 70 miles away from the family home in suburban Harrisburg.

**** Corral and his ride-sharing teammate Thomas Hutchings play for the highly-regarded West Coast FC U14 team, which trains and plays home games in San Juan Capistrano, well down the 5 freeway in Orange County. They live however, much closer to  Los Angeles in Redondo Beach, about 60 miles away (and when it comes to traffic in Southern California, the territory is often worse than the distance).

But there both of the families go, at least 3 and often 5 times a week.

Kathy Watts said that while sitting in a car for 6 or 7 hours at a time for 3 or more times a week isn’t necessarily her first choice for leisure time, the value of the whole thing to her family is unquestionable.

“What I do get is quality time with my kids,” Kathy, who has put 60,000 miles on a vehicle in less than two years, said. “As they get older, there is a lot of time on the computer, texting or doing their own thing. “Because of this I get some very special time with the girls. We share a lot of laughs, a lot of tears and some motivational conversations.

“We all work hard,” she continued. But Randy (her husband) decided we would do anything we could for the kids. There are sacrifices, but that’s why you have children; to give them the best opportunities you can provide.”

Like Kathy Watts, Kristina Corral works full time to go along with her gargantuan chauffeur responsibilities. In their case, the Hutchings drop Thomas off at her place of business, she then swings by her home to pick up **** and then down the freeway they go.

Nightmare stories about the commute are fewer than you might think.

“There have been maybe three times we couldn’t make it, where there was a big accident or whatever,” she said. “The coach has been cool about it. Even if we were going to be 40 minutes late he said ‘don’t make yourself

Kristina Corral also noted having some meaningful 1v1 conversations with her son, who is a darting little winger with a ton of creativity and explosiveness on the ball.

Kristina Corral, who has become a complete soccer junkie to go with her career, parent and chauffeur portfolio, added that homework in the car is also a common activity for Cruz. She did note that the commute to practice and games pales in comparison to a trip the two of them are taking in June, when they will attend the World Cup in South Africa together.

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3 Charged in Plot to Embezzle Money from California Dentist and launder at Bingo Hall

Two men and a woman embezzled $309,000 over three years in a scheme involving a church bingo hall, according to charges filed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Sousa said 56-year-old Nadine Marcias illegally signed checks sent to her employer, a dentist, and cashed those checks at the church bingo hall where she played Flash, an electronic bingo game. Two people at the bingo hall took perhaps 10 percent of the check and gave the balance to Marcias, Sousa said.

The hall required Marcias to spend half of the balance on bingo and she kept the rest for herself. The two suspects from the bingo hall allegedly involved in the scheme were 77-year-old Tusameme “Sal” Sinapati Salanoa and 63-year-old Atonio “Tony” Leulu. “It was their own side deal,” Sousa said. The dentist noticed a series of Denti-Cal checks missing, which led to the discovery of the scheme.

Prosecutors have charged Marcias with felony employee embezzlement and check forgery. She surrendered Thursday. Prosecutors have charged Salanoa and Leulu with forgery. Prosecutors said the three could spend as much as five years in prison.

The arraignment for Salanoa and Leulu is set for June 11 at the Hall of Justice and the arraignment for Marcias is set for July 6. Sousa said the dentist is entitled to restitution under the state’s bill of rights for victims, and the church might reimburse him. “We must order restitution,” Sousa said. “But the flip side of that is that you cannot get blood from a stone.”


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California man racks up $80,000 bill at dentist’s office and pays with bad check

A Newport Beach man, who has been in and out of prison over the past 20 years for fraud-related convictions, Monday admitted kiting several checks totaling more than $200,000 and was immediately sentenced to seven years in prison.

Richard Scott Bloustine, 50, pleaded guilty to five counts of grand theft, 10 counts of writing bad checks and taking a car without permission, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche.

Bloustine racked up an $80,000 bill at a dentist’s office in Newport Beach from Nov. 10 to Dec. 13, 2014, and wrote a bad check for $72,000, Labreche said.

On Nov. 13, 2014, Bloustine kited a check for $32,000 as he tried to lease a home in Newport Beach, Labreche said. He then wrote another bad check — this time for $13,000 — for furniture in the home, the prosecutor said.

Bloustine also wrote a $15,000 bad check in December of 2014 as a down- payment for a Mercedes-Benz at a Laguna Beach dealership, Labreche said.

After publicity about his arrest in July of last year, investigators found another dentist who was taken for about $80,000, Labreche said.

His criminal history dates back three decades and ranges from “Hawaii to Massachusetts and all points between,” Labreche said.

In 1996, Bloustine was convicted of credit card fraud in Hawaii, Labreche said, and three years later was found guilty of a fraud scheme in Arizona.

In 2004, he was convicted of grand theft, and in 2008, he was convicted again of grand theft and credit card fraud, Labreche said. Both of those cases were in Santa Barbara County, the prosecutor said.

In the current case, Bloustine accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Jones.

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California Woman Convicted of Embezzling $365k from Santa Barbara Employer — 5 Year Prison Sentence

Officials say Kim Herman manipulated the records system to cover up third-party checks she wrote over seven years totaling $365,000

A woman convicted of embezzling $365,000 from her Santa Barbara employer was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday by Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Clifford Anderson.

Kim Herman, 52, pleaded no contest to grand theft by embezzlement with a special allegation of excessive loss — more than $200,000. She worked for local prosthetic and cosmetic dentist Dr. Marc Alexander for nine years, and bank records show she stole money from him during seven of those years, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Cota.

Alexander and his office manager were alerted to the thefts when Herman’s bank called to question her deposits of third-party checks in March 2010. Cota said she had found a way to manipulate the dentist office’s record system to bypass security and alter financial records so that accounts never showed a deficit, then wrote checks to herself totaling about $4,000 a month.

Cota said such long-term embezzlement cases are often prompted by opportunity, not necessity, and the District Attorney’s Office is taking a strong stance with cases in which the person is in a position of trust. Herman essentially doubled her income to live beyond her means, according to Cota.

Judge Anderson ordered Herman to pay $365,000 in restitution, but Alexander may never see it. Cota said the ruling will get transferred to a civil judgment so she could owe some money if she gets a well-paying job, but there are no assets to seize — the debt on her house is more than it’s worth because of the market.

Cota said he is seeing more and more embezzlement cases in which the perpetrator is in a position of trust — employees, family members and elder abuse cases — and advises everyone to have two sets of eyes looking over all financial transactions.

In court Friday morning, Alexander explained how Herman had joined his private practice in 2002, soon after he started it.

“She seemed to be a model employee, working hard, appearing to be loyal and staying late with me while I worked hard, long hours to make the practice flourish,” Alexander said.

He said he was bewildered over why the business wasn’t making a decent profit margin, and he had to borrow money every year to meet his tax burden. But he trusted her like a family member.

“Now at 52, I am still in debt, without any retirement fund and no college fund for my three children,” Alexander said.

At his Coast Village Road office, he and his office manager have cleaned up the records system and now would notice if even a dime went missing, but “the damage is done.”

Alexander said he has no feelings of joy or closure knowing Herman is going to prison and can’t believe she was “so deliberate and so calculating for so many years.”

Herman will serve half-time and will be eligible to be released after 2½ years.

“What this woman has done has and will have an everlasting effect on my life, family, work and retirement years,” Alexander said.

Herman’s attorney, Adam Pearlman, asked the judge for the lowest term of sentencing since she admitted guilt early on, but Cota’s arguments won out. Herman tried to minimize her crime and only admitted guilt when “she knew her scheme was discovered,” he said.

Anderson did delay the sentence for two months because Herman’s daughter is recovering from a hand transplant at UCLA Medical Center, and nurses there asked for Herman’s presence and support.

 


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California dental receptionist sentenced for embezzlement

holly ann keateA former office manager is in jail for drilling more than $47,000 out of a Roseville dentist’s business accounts. Holly Ann Keate, 24, of Rocklin, was sentenced Nov. 12 to one year in Placer County Jail for embezzling $47,431 from Roseville dentist Dr. Thomas Schlehofer. Keate reportedly siphoned away the money for her own personal use between Aug. 25, 2008 and Jan. 22, according to Art Campos, Placer County District Attorney’s Office spokesman. In April, Roseville police arrested Keate just before she was to board a flight from Sacramento to Hawaii for a vacation.
The former office manager pleaded no contest to a grand theft by embezzlement charge in September, Campos said Wednesday. Schlehofer, who owns Sierra Gate Family Dental, told Judge Colleen Nichols in a letter that Keate had deceived people and abused her position as a manager. Keate reportedly pocketed cash payments from patients during her tenure at the office. It wasn’t until she quit several months prior to her Hawaiian vacation that office staff discovered the theft, according to earlier reports about Keate’s arrest. Keate used the money to take vacations and have laser treatment and elective plastic surgery, Campos said. Schlehofer told the judge that the more than $47,000 Keate took meant coworkers could not receive bonuses and the office could not donate money to its sponsored charities, including an orphanage, Campos said.
The dentist said that ultimately, Keate’s actions and theft “nearly collapsed the office.” “She has abused her managerial position with malicious neglect of patients, their personal files, their credit cards and their cash,” Schlehofer wrote. “She preyed on the senior citizens of our community knowing they did not have insurance and would pay cash.” Keate was ordered to repay the dentist and will also be placed on five years probation as part of her sentence. ~ Jenifer Gee
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Embezzles $1.6 million from California dental office — sentenced to 8 years in prison

waffordVicki Wafford

Bookkeeper Victoria “Vicki” Lee Wafford embezzled $1.6 million from the Oceanside dental office where she worked, and gambled it away, authorities said.

Wafford, who was 50 when she was arrested, spent most of the money she stole on luxuries, trips and gambling while her employer and co-workers suffered, Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn said.

Wafford’s attorney said his client’s actions were driven by a prescription drug addiction.

Wafford wrote more than 1,000 checks from the dentist’s account to herself and credit card companies from 2001 to 2008, Winn said.

In the accounting books, however, Wafford listed the payees as dental suppliers and other vendors, according to court documents.

The theft came to light in the summer of 2008, when the dentist launched an extensive audit of the books to get personal loans to cover business expenses.

Federal agents seized everything of worth at Wafford’s Temecula home, including a power boat, multiple sets of golf clubs, a Lexus, a newer Toyota Tundra and about $1,000 in coins, Winn said. She was sentenced to eight years in prison.

 


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Palo Alto dental office manager gets jail term for insurance fraud

 
 

Palo Alto dental office manager gets jail term for insurance fraud

Posted:   11/16/2013 12:54:30 PM PST | Updated:   3 years ago
PALO ALTO — A Palo Alto dental office manager who forged a dentist’s name on her family’s insurance claim was sentenced to 45 days in county jail this week, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced Friday.
 Superior Court Judge Shelyna Brown also gave Veronica Rivas, 39, of Fremont, three years of probation and ordered her to pay $3,223.50 in restitution, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. Rivas had been convicted of faking an insurance claim and taking the money.

“It may be tempting to try and cash out ‘unused’ insurance benefits,” deputy district attorney Denise Raabe said in a written statement. “But it is a crime to submit false insurance claims for procedures which were never performed. Insurance fraud impacts everyone by causing insurance rates to go up.”

According to prosecutors, Rivas submitted fraudulent insurance claims in early 2009 to a dental insurance provider to cover orthodontic treatments for her husband and son, who never received them.

Rivas forged a dentist’s signature on the patient refund check that was payable to her husband, according to the district attorney’s office. But the dentist discovered the fraud and reported it to Palo Alto police.

 


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