Ontario woman pleads guilty to fraud; has prior conviction

A 40-year-old Brantford woman, who falsified claims while working at dental offices in Brantford and Simcoe to defraud her employer and an insurance company of more than $35,000, will be sentenced on April 19.

Kelly J. Smith pleaded guilty in Ontario Court on Wednesday to three counts of fraud over $5,000. A pre-sentence report was ordered.

From April 2009 to March 2010, Smith worked as an office administrator at Greenfield Family Dentistry in Simcoe, where she opened and closed the business, billed insurance companies for services via electronic submissions, and processed payments.

In January 2012, the dental office received word that Manulife Financial was investigating some insurance claims that had originated from the office concerning services rendered for Smith and her family members. Funds to cover dental services had been deposited to Smith’s bank account, but investigation revealed that neither Smith or members of her family had received the treatments, court heard.

In all, 27 fraudulent insurance claims, totalling $10,125.64, had been made by Smith and the funds deposited to her bank account.

Smith’s employment was terminated and, several months later, she got a job as an office administrator at Life Time Dental in Brantford. She worked there from May 2010 to March 2011, during which time she removed $21,215 in cash receipts from the office, court heard.

Smith deleted patient treatments from the office computer to make it seem as though services had not been performed and then she pocketed cash payments.

She also overbilled Manulife Financial by $6,655.25 by submitting claims for dental work for herself and her family members that was never performed.

When arrested, Smith told officers that she had been desperate for money and had been abusing prescription drugs. She said her husband had no idea what she had been doing.

In a statement to police, Smith said she was sorry that she hurt so many people and she thinks she has no impulse control.

She told police that none of the money was left, having been used to purchase drugs, as well as for car repairs and to buy appliances and furniture for her new home. She told officers that she knew it was just a matter of time before she was charged.

Court heard that Smith was charged with a similar offence in 2007.

 


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Ontario woman receives house arrest in dental office fraud case fuelled by gambling addiction

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Guelph woman receives house arrest in dental office fraud case fueled by gambling addiction

Guelph Mercury

GUELPH — Problem gambler Sharon Keleher was sentenced to nine months of house arrest in provincial court Wednesday for defrauding 11 insurance companies of more than $45,100 in total through a local dental office, another innocent victim, where she worked.

The Guelphite entered a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon.

Justice David Carr said the fact the woman and her husband dipped into retirement savings to make full restitution was a strong mitigating factor in not sentencing her to jail.

“Custody is normal here,” prosecutor Murray DeVos observed, stressing the seriousness of the crime but acknowledging Keleher’s addiction.

Carr said Keleher, who is in her mid-60s, “needs to be on house arrest” to help make up for what she did.

“It’s a breach of trust, (a) very serious matter,” the judge said.

Keleher is confined to her residence except for three hours on Saturdays to tend to personal matters, as well as for brief periods at the discretion of a supervisor. These include church services and medical appointments. As well, she is not to enter places where she can gamble.

DeVos said Keleher, who wore a black pant suit in court Wednesday, was a long-time employee at the Speedvale Dental Centre, assisting dentist Dr. Andre Bisson by making client appointments, submitting and processing claims for payment, answering the phone and making business bank deposits.

Between May 1, 2008 and Aug. 1 the next year, Keleher made false claims worth $45,102 for dental work that wasn’t done. She used the money from companies such as Sun Life and Green Shield to gamble, court heard.

She was fired Aug. 4, 2009 and Guelph Police were notified of the fraud.

In a victim impact statement, the dentist expressed concern about damage to his reputation and whether the insurance companies would pursue him over the actions of Keleher, court heard.

But the judge said the firms will receive their money through the court, which was getting it from Keleher.

“I do have the funds in trust,” defense attorney David Doney said.

DeVos urged the court to place weight in sentencing on the fact that the case amounted to “a large fraud committed on an employer.”

“This was a crime with a victim,” DeVos told the court.

But DeVos added Keleher has never been in trouble with the law before.

Adding to the profile, Doney said Keleher has retired with her husband of more than four decades, who was present in the court Wednesday.

“This is not an issue Mrs. Keleher has gone through alone,” Doney said.

He added the fraud conviction is a considerable embarrassment to Keleher, who has grappled with gambling addiction. She’s completed a 21-day gambling addiction program at the Homewood Health Centre.

Carr was impressed, describing the Homewood as “an excellent facility” by reputation.

“What’s her status now?” the judge asked.

Doney said she continues to get outpatient care. “She’s not to be gambling,” he said.

“You don’t win at casinos,” the judge said. “Overall, the odds are stacked against you.”

Carr’s parting advice to those visiting gambling houses was: “When it ceases to be fun, you better leave.”

 


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Markham, Ontario dental office scammer arrested again

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Update September 28, 2018

Our friend Irina has received a three-year prison sentence, so we may not be hearing from her for a while.


Update June 19, 2017

Today we spoke with a Toronto-area dentist who told us that Irina Chernyakhovsky had worked for him in 2015 for approximately six months and had embezzled approximately $90,000.  Last week she pled guilty to several counts of fraud for this and will be sentenced in September 2017.

This dentist is NOT the one where Irina was caught with the three checks in her purse in the story below.

With her record of past convictions it is highly likely that she will return to prison when sentenced.


See related stories https://www.prosperident.com/2016/08/04/dental-embezzler-charged-fraud-using-60-stolen-identities/ and https://www.prosperident.com/2015/10/27/irina_chernyakhovsky/

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Markham Economist & Sun

Only two months after she was charged for a $230,000 employment insurance fraud, serial dentist office scammer Irina Chernyakhovsky has been arrested once again.

York Regional Police’s fraud squad cuffed Chernyakhovksy on Monday – with three cheques in her purse – after she had been once again hired at a dental office, this time in her hometown of Markham.

Although it appears she changed her appearance, someone recognized her and called police.

“It just goes to show you how quickly it can happen,” said an employee who wished to remain anonymous, noting Chernyakhovsky had only been employed for a matter of days.

In all, Chernyakhovsky has been linked to about 60 different identities and has been convicted of frauds throughout the dental industry.

One of the scams she has been convicted of involved submitting fraudulent insurance claims for expensive dental procedures under patients’ names and then intercepting their insurance cheques, according to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

In previous schemes, she swindled $193,336 from banks and insurers.

But it’s not only institutions she has stolen from as dentists around the region and farther afield have been hit.

Dr. David Freeman lost about $90,000 in 2005 and another dentist about $14,000.

At her last trial, Chernyakhovsky’s lawyer said her penchant for fraud began when her husband left her penniless in 2004.

Chernyakhovsky’s son, Josh, said his mom is a great person, but admitted that she made a mistake.

She has been charged with breaching her bail conditions, which forbid her from working around finances, claims or receivables and possessing cheques.


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Probation for ripping off Ontario dentist

juliedickson_frontstaffA local dentist was forced to defend her reputation after her former employee – and close friend – was accused of bilking her out of thousands of dollars, court heard Wednesday.

At Julie Dickson’s sentencing hearing on a charge of fraud over $5,000 in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, Judge Tory Colvin expressed concern that the case led many in the community to take sides.

“The victim suffered unpleasant confrontations with clients and she lost some clients,” the judge said.

“The victim’s family would feel unwelcome at events in the community.”

Court heard Dickson was employed at Stone Road Dental in Niagara-on-the-Lake for eight years.

During her tenure at the dental office, she would do the accounting and book-keeping as well as receive payments from clients.

When Dickson resigned from her post in the fall of 2013, the dentist did a review of the books and discovered the numbers didn’t add up.

The dentist hired a forensic examiner who looked at the clinic’s account going back several years.

An initial review determined the loss to be in excess of $29,000.

The total figure is likely “much greater,” the judge said, as the dentist said she couldn’t afford the forensic accountant to investigate the clinic’s books dating back to when Dickson began working there.

“The doctor suffered a great financial loss,” Colvin said.

Meanwhile, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake suffered an $8,000 loss, court was told, as Dickson had filed false dental claims through the town’s employee benefits plan.

The judge said the crime was not only a financial blow to the dentist but also left her with “a great sense of betrayal” since she and Dickson were friends.

“She wasn’t just an employee…they were friends,” Colvin said, adding the two women had vacationed together.

Dickson, a first-time offender, blamed her actions on her estranged husband whom she described as abusive and controlling.

She was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to undergo any counseling if recommended by a probation officer.

She is now employed at another dental clinic but does not have any financial responsibilities.

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Canadians embezzle too — Jean Hakim accused of stealing >200k from six Toronto area dentists

 

Oshawa woman allegedly defrauded GTA dentists over $200,000

by News Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2016 11:43 am EDT

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Irina Chernyakhovsky — Toronto Canada

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Irina Chernyakhovsky (a.k.a.: Irina Fooks) was convicted of embezzling from a dental office in Toronto, Canada.It has been alleged that she also embezzled from other offices.  A court-imposed condition prevented her from working in other dental offices, which she breached repeatedly.

Here is her Arrest and Sentencing bulletin. Irina was sentenced to spend two years in a Canadian penitentiary for 11 of the 174 charges she faced.

Irina Chernyahkovsky Arrest Report

For more on Irina, check out the following link — http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/dental-receptionist-gets-two-years-in-prison-for-insurance-fraud-scheme/article20442091/