Stamford CT Dental Office Manager Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ELENA ILIZAROV, 45, of Stamford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for using an identity theft victim’s personal identifying information to submit fraudulent bills to private insurance companies offering dental insurance.

According to court documents and statements made in court, ILIZAROV served as the office manager for Advanced Dentistry, a dental practice located in Stamford.  Between 2005 and 2016, ILIZAROV billed 37 private dental insurance companies for services allegedly performed by an identity theft victim for patients of Advanced Dentistry, when the victim did not in fact perform those services.  The identity theft victim was a dentist who had been affiliated with Advanced Dentistry for a short period of time and retired fully from dentistry in 2011.  In total, ILIZAROV earned more than $1.2 million by billing in the name of the retired dentist.

Between 2011 and 2015, approximately $581,729 was paid by private insurance companies to Advanced Dentistry for services allegedly provided by the retired dentist.  As a result, the insurance companies issued 1099 forms to the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to the retired dentist.  In 2015 and 2016, ILIZAROV renewed the retired dentist’s Connecticut dental license and controlled substance registrations, paying for the renewals with her personal credit card.  She also applied for, and received, liability insurance in the name of the retired dentist for several years.

ILIZAROV was arrested on a federal criminal complaint on June 21, 2016.  On March 13, 2017, she pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Judge Bolden will issue a restitution order within 30 days.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David J. Sheldon.

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New Haven man arrested for stealing $80,000 from dentist office

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police arrested a New Haven man accused of stealing $80,000 from a dentist office in West Haven.

After a two and half year investigation by the West Haven Police Department Detective Division, they found Harold Lee Abrams, 67, stole the money while he was employed at the business in 2013 and 2014.

Abrams was taken into custody when a warrant was presented on April 18th. He was employed at another dentist office at the time.

Abrams is charged with larceny and 45 counts of forgery. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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Connecticut bookkeeper rips off dentist for $60k; had 2014 conviction for embezzlement

BRIDGEPORT – A Milford bookkeeper, serving a prison term for stealing more than $350,000 from a Redding tree service, pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing more than $60,000 from a Fairfield dentist.

Bernice Dohn, 57, the owner of Premier Accounting and Bookkeeping Services in Milford, pleaded not guilty before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.

She asked for a jury trial.

The judge continued the case to March 9.

Dohn, of Rivercliff Drive, Milford, had been working for Dr. Kenneth Epstein of the Family Dental Group in Fairfield when she abruptly quit in February 2016 because she said she needed foot surgery, according to police.

She was in fact surrendering the next day to begin a prison term for another embezzlement.

Police said the dental office later determined that Dohn, who had been in charge of the office’s payroll, had been writing checks to herself from the office’s accounts.

In addition, police said Dohn also altered checks sent to the dental office to make them payable to her and had been paying herself unauthorized raises and overtime.

Dohn should have been getting a salary of $55,120 a year but when she quit she was making $85,609 by her own hand, police said.

Dohn was sentenced Feb. 10 to four years in prison for stealing $365,000 from Evergreen Enterprises of Redding where she had been working as a bookkeeper for two years.

At the time Dohn was on probation for embezzling $11,000 from a Berlin company where she worked as a bookkeeper. Police said she used some of the money she stole from Evergreen to pay restitution in the Berlin case and they believe she used money she allegedly stole from Dr. Epstein to pay back Evergreen.

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Here is her previous escapade from 2014:

REDDING — A Milford resident has been accused of embezzling more than $165,000 over the course of two years while she was a bookkeeper at a Redding tree service company.

Bernice Dohn, 55, has been charged with seven counts of second-degree forgery and one count of larceny after she admitted to cashing company checks and pocketing the money, according to court documents.

Dohn, who was arrested Dec. 5 and is free on $75,000 bond, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chris Hyatt, of Evergreen Enterprises, notified police in September when Dohn admitted to stealing from the company, according to the arrest affidavit.

The Berlin Police Department, which charged Dohn on Sept. 19 with second-degree larceny, initially alerted Hyatt when they began investigating as much as $53,000 that had been deposited into her bank account over a nine-month period, according to the affidavit.

Hyatt confronted Dohn, who confessed to taking money from his company, according to the affidavit.

“Hyatt stated he believed Dohn was cashing the checks for his company to take the money and then record the check she cashed in the books as a company expense that was paid,” the affidavit said.

Dohn told police she took the money from Evergreen Enterprises, but was unsure how much, according to the affidavit. After reviewing bank records, she estimated she had embezzled $60,000, but said she didn’t have much of the money left, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Dohn made a deposit every month, cashing 93 checks totalling $165,141 from November 2012 to July 2014.

According to Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Evergreen Enterprises generates an average of $250,000 in yearly revenue. Hyatt could not be reached Thursday for comment.

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Connecticut woman accused by fellow employees of stealing fentanyl from dental office

BANTAM — A Torrington woman appeared in Bantam Superior Court Tuesday on charges of larceny and narcotics possession after she allegedly stole from the dental office where she worked.

Izabela Murray, 38, 42 Seymour Street, was arrested on Sept. 6 and charged with sixth degree larceny and possession of narcotics. The arrest, police said, was based on a July 21 incident and subsequent investigation.

According to the affidavit, employees at Dr. Patel’s Dental Center in Torrington filed a larceny complaint on Sept. 6 after reviewing inventory reports for the drug fentanyl citrate, which is used as an anesthetic.

Inventory reports showed that ten vials of the drug were unaccounted for. Employees said they suspected Murray, a dental assistant, was responsible.

Employees told police Murray had placed an order totaling $165.70 for ten vials of the drug, but it had not been authorized. They also told police Murray had reported accidentally dropping and breaking a vial on July 21.

Murray allegedly told other employees she did not know what had happened to the missing vials.

According to the affidavit, Murray told police she must have misplaced the vials or they had been thrown away.

After learning the entire practice could get in trouble for the missing drugs, Murray reportedly told police that she had taken them, saying she started sampling the drug to help relax her due to depression. According to the affidavit, she said she broke the vial on July 21 after taking the drug and claimed she broke it, and started taking one vial at a time from the order she placed. She told police that she had taken a total of six vials, according to the report.

Murray is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 27.

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CT dentist gets prison term for embezzling from practice

Dentist Gets Prison Term

February 05, 2004

The co-owner and vice president of a West Hartford dental practice was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay more than $340,000 he fraudulently diverted from the practice.

Dentist Jay L. Mestel, 43, of Weatogue, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud in September, told U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton that he has already made restitution to West Hartford Family Dentistry, federal officials said.

Arterton ordered Mestel to surrender to the U.S. Marshal on June 11. She also sentenced him to two years of supervised release and a $25,000 fine and ordered him to file amended income tax returns.

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Former employee at Connecticut dental practice called in fraudulent prescriptions

CHESHIRE — A former employee at a local dental practice faces charges after police say she filled prescriptions using unauthorized identification numbers.

Jessica Cash, 29, of 327 Merwin Ave., Milford, was arrested this week and charged with two counts each of criminal impersonation, identity theft, illegally obtaining drugs, third-degree forgery and sixth-degree larceny. She was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. A judge set bond at $5,000 and continued the case to Jan. 6.

On July 28, an officer responded to a local dental practice for a report of employee theft. One of the doctors said shortly after Cash was hired in late June a patient reported cash and eyeglasses missing from her purse, according to Cash’s arrest warrant. In an effort to determine who was responsible for the theft, a doctor placed a piece of paper and some change in a bank envelope and left the envelope in the storage area of an employee who was on vacation, according to the warrant. The doctor told police he noticed Cash walk into the area and saw her holding the bank envelope. When confronted, Cash dropped the envelope and denied any wrongdoing, the warrant said. Cash was fired on July 16.

In early August, a doctor reported to police that his prescription identification number was fraudulently used 16 times, starting on July 7 for either muscle relaxer or Tylenol with codeine, the warrant said. The prescriptions were called in under various names and filled at pharmacies in Cheshire, Milford and West Haven, according to the warrant.

Security footage from a pharmacy in Cheshire showed someone driving a white Nissan picking up one of the prescriptions. Police went to Cash’s home and discovered a Nissan matching the description, the warrant said. When interviewed, Cash told police she wrote down doctors’ identification numbers when she worked at the dental practice and began using them after she was fired.

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CT woman stole cash payments and gold, altered her own severance check

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Ex-employee sentenced for stealing

Published 5:15 pm, Thursday, August 2, 2012

WILTON – A 39-year-old woman began serving her one-year prison sentence Thursday for stealing cash and dental products from a Wilton dentist.

Bonnie Marie Piro, 29, received the one-year sentence for fourth-degree larceny. The sentence was imposed Thursday at Norwalk Superior Court.

She also received prison sentences for theft- and narcotics-related charges in Bridgeport and Derby. The sentences will run concurrently, and they were imposed on Thursday.

Piro, a former receptionist at Wilton Dental Associates, offered clients a 10 percent discount for paying in cash.

A woman allegedly made $1,850 in cash payments toward her dental procedure and Piro pocketed the money.

Piro also allegedly stole old gold dental crowns from her employer and sold them to a scrap metal merchant, according to an affidavit.

In e-mails to her employer, Piro admitted to the theft and promised to take money from her daughter’s disability checks to pay for the missing funds, according to the affidavit.

When Wilton Dental Associates laid off Piro in October 2011, she was given a check for $750, police said. Piro wrote a “1” in front of the “7” on the check and wound up cashing a check for $1,750, according to police.

Wilton Police arrested Piro on Dec. 17, 2011 and again on June 1, 2012 in relation to the thefts. She was originally charged with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-degree larceny as well as second-degree forgery.

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Bonnie has a lengthy criminal history, which was apparently not discovered by her employer:

ILL OBTN PRCRPTN DRUG-FRAUD
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
FORGERY 2ND DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
OBTN CNTRLD DRUG-FRAUD
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
FORGERY 2ND DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION
Full Name: Bonnie Piro
Record Date: 02 October 2007
Location: Bridgeport
IL OPN MV UNDER 14-140 SUSPNSN
Full Name: Bonnie M Piro
Record Date: 18 May 2010
Location: Bridgeport
FAILURE TO APPEAR 1ST DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 30 August 2011
Location: Bridgeport
FAILURE TO APPEAR 1ST DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 12 December 2011
Location: Bridgeport
ATTEMPT LARCENY 3RD DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 10 January 2011
Location: Bridgeport
LARCENY 6TH DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 20 January 2011
Location: Bridgeport
POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 22 October 2011
Location: Bridgeport
LARCENY 4TH DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 01 August 2011
Location: Bridgeport
FORGERY 3RD DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 11 October 2011
Location: Bridgeport
FAILURE TO APPEAR 2ND DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 22 June 2011
Location: Bridgeport
LARCENY 6TH DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 16 May 2011
Location: Bridgeport
FAILURE TO APPEAR 1ST DEG
Full Name: Bonnie Marie Piro
Record Date: 08 March 2012
Location: Bridgeport

Connecticut woman steals $8k from non-profit dental clinic

MIDDLETOWN — A local woman was charged Monday with embezzling more than $8,000 from the city’s Community Health Center, which provides medical services primarily to poor and older residents.

Pamela Sundura, 29, of Sunset Terrace, was charged with second-degree larceny. She turned herself in to police Monday and was released on a non-surety bond.

Investigators were called to the center in May after the organization’s chief financial officer noticed missing funds and deposit slips.

From November 2001 to January 2002, Sundura embezzled $5,294.19 in checks and $3,352.05 in cash, police said. Most of the checks have been recovered.

Police focused on Sundura because she was the sole employee responsible for making deposits and one of the missing deposit slips was discovered in her repossessed car.

Sundura said she could not explain the missing funds and the missing deposit slips and denied any involvement in the larceny, police said.

Police records did not include a search warrant and did not indicate if investigators reviewed Sundura’s bank records.

Officials at the Community Health Center said their organization’s financial position suffered no significant damage as a result of the larceny.

“Fortunately we caught it very quickly and acted very promptly,” said Mark Masselli, chief executive officer of the Community Health Center.

Masselli said a number of community-based organizations have had similar incidents, and his has made procedural changes to insure that deposits are being properly made.

In New Britain earlier this year, a former dental office manager for the city’s Community Health Center, which provides medical care for poor and older residents, was charged with embezzling at least $7,800 from the center last year.

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Connecticut dental hygienist facing larceny and fraud charges

christine-zampedri

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Haven woman working as a dental hygienist in New Canaan was arrested Wednesday accused of illegally collecting roughly $18,000 in unemployment compensation funds.

Christine Zampedri, 49, of West Haven, was charged with larceny and unemployment compensation fraud. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Zampedri fraudulently collected approximately $17,860 in unemployment benefits from January through August 2013, while she was working as a dental hygienist in New Canaan.

The arrest is a result of an investigation into a complaint by the Connecticut Department of Labor. Her arrest was made by Inspectors from the Unemployment Compensation Fraud Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, according to the State Department of Criminal Justice.

Zampedri was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Aug. 30, 2016.


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