Ontario Woman Sentenced To 20 Month Prison Sentence; Has Prior Conviction


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A 40-year-old Brantford woman, who defrauded her employers in Brantford and Simcoe of nearly $38,000, was sentenced Friday to 20 months in jail.

Kelly J. Smith earlier pleaded guilty in Ontario Court to three counts of fraud over $5,000. She had falsified claims while working at area dental offices between 2009 and 2011.

“Your crimes cry out for a jail sentence,” said Justice Robert Gee, noting the frauds involved breaches of trust and significant monetary amounts and given Smith’s prior, similar criminal history.

“The community has to know that if you steal from your employer you’ll go to jail,” Gee said.

The Crown had suggested a term of two years less a day while the defence suggested a sentence of three to 12 months, if custody was even necessary.

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.

Her employment was terminated in March 2010 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 were never performed.

“I’m extremely sorry for what I’ve done,” Smith told the court on Friday.

She said she has started to seek help and feels she is on the right path.

“It was a real eye-opener this time around,” Smith said.

This time around was the latest in more than a decade of similar offences, court heard.

In 1998, Smith was convicted of fraud in St. Thomas for lying about a live-in partner so she could fraudulently collect welfare benefits.

In 2004 and 2007, she amassed other convictions. She was convicted in St. Thomas of uttering a forged document after she quit a job as a receptionist and then doctored her final paycheque from $344 to $8,344.

She was convicted for personation after falsifying a letter from the Children’s Aid Society which she gave to the author of a pre-sentence report being readied for her sentencing for uttering a forged document.

She also once worked in a call centre for Great West Life and submitted false claims, for which she earned another conviction.

“She steals from people who give her opportunities in life,” said assistant Crown attorney Lawrence Brock. “She’s a thief.”

Over the past 14 years, Smith has received six probation orders, two conditional sentence orders and two separate weekend jail sentences.

Smith told the court the money she stole from the dental offices was used to feed her addiction to Oxycontin.

She said she has been struggling with “impulse control problems” since she was young.

“I don’t know why I do what I do, why I steal,” Smith said.

Smith is quick to seek counselling when charged with a crime, but then does not follow through, Brock said.

When asked why she has not sought help on her own over the course of her life, Smith said,”I have sought out help but it wasn’t the right kind.”

Justice Gee told Smith that she has to stop making excuses for not accepting the help she says she needs.

“You are the only one who can change the path you’re on,” he said.

Smith will be on probation for three years following her release from custody. Within three months of her release, Smith is to begin making monthly restitution payments of $400. At the end of the probation term, the balance of about $24,800 will remain owing in the form of a freestanding restitution order.

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Ontario Woman Receives House Arrest In Dental Office Fraud Case Fuelled By Gambling Addiction

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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 Back In Prison

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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.  Here is her sentencing report, which makes her misdeeds very evident.

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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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By Jeremy Grimaldi

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.

Probation For Ripping Off Ontario Dentist

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A 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 of 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. Content retrieved from http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2015/11/25/probation-for-ripping-off-niagara-dentist

Canadians Embezzle Too — Jean Hakim Accused Of Stealing >$200k From Six Toronto Area Dentists


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Durham Regional Police began investigating in July after two Pickering dentists filed fraud complaints against their office manager.

The fraud unit found that since April 2013, the accused used her position to steal cheques from patients that were payable to the dentists, police spokesman Jodi MacLean said.

She’s accused of depositing the cheques into her personal bank account.

Detectives later determined five other dentists with offices in Brampton and Bramalea were also allegedly ripped off, MacLean said.

In total, she’s accused of bilking seven dentists of more than $160,000 in cheques and more than $48,000 in cash deposits since September 2009.

Jean Hakim, 39, is charged with seven counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of theft over $5,000, three counts of fraud under $5,000, three counts of uttering a forged document and one count of forgery.

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Irina Chernyakhovsky — Toronto Canada


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See related stories https://www.prosperident.com/2015/10/27/irina_chernyakhovsky/ and https://www.prosperident.com/2016/04/14/markham-dental-office-scammer-arrested-again/

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.

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/

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$230,000 Embezzled From Nova Scotia Orthodontist

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Convicted thief asks judge for longer jail term to help with gambling addiction. (prologue: she pleaded to the Judge for 2 years and then served less than 4 months )

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