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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Vernon CT Woman Accused Of Stealing From Dentist; Admits To Stealing $50k, Actually Took $240k

alicia-parzych1 SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — A Vernon woman is facing embezzlement charges after police say she stole money from the South Windsor dental practice where she worked. 42-year-old Alicia Parzych was arrested on a warrant on Friday. Parzych’s charges stem from a December 2013 complaint by a local dentist where she worked. Investigators worked with the victim and reviewed years of bank records, which led to her arrest. Parzych is being charged with Larceny in the First Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, and False Statement in the Second Degree. She was released on $25,000.000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on April 3.

Connecticut Manager Embezzles $200k, Receives Three Years In Prison


NEW BRITAIN — A 40-year-old dentist’s assistant was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday for embezzling more than $200,000 from her employer.

Donna Rizzo of the Unionville section of Farmington, formerly a manager in the office of Plainville dentist Thomas Peltzer, stole the money over a period of a year and a half, according to the charges.

Defense attorney Peter W. Soulsby told the court that Rizzo was intent upon showering gifts and treats upon Joseph Rizzo, whom she met while working at the office and eventually married. Donna Rizzo was caught after a co-worker in the office asked how a woman with Rizzo’s salary could afford such a large wedding, Soulsby said.

Joseph Rizzo is a sergeant in the New Britain Police Department. He was not implicated in the crime.

Donna Rizzo spent large sums on a home before her wedding, a car and pleasure trips to New York City, according to authorities.

Rizzo, whose annual salary at the dentist’s office was $30,000 to $40,000, told a Plainville police officer in April, 2001, before her arrest a month later, that she took the money because her employer was “evil” and had “stolen” her pension, court records say. She told the police she’d spent all the embezzled money on her children and to get out of debt, records say.

But a sobbing Rizzo apologized repeatedly to Peltzer Tuesday, and Soulsby said court officials had taken her critical comments about Peltzer out of context.

Then Rizzo told the judge: “I don’t know where to begin. I put all of you in an embarrassing situation.” Then, briefly turning toward Peltzer, she added, “I put you in one. I don’t expect anyone to forgive me. I won’t forgive myself.”

She said that to go to jail without reimbursing the dentist would be “the easy way out.” She added: “More than money, I hope he [Peltzer] will be able to get peace and trust people because that is more important than the money. That is priceless.” Rizzo said she will repay her former employer if it takes the rest of her life.

Superior Court Judge Howard T. Owens Jr. sentenced Rizzo to 10 years in prison, suspended after three years, five years of probation, restitution upon her release of $100 per week and appropriate mental treatment. Rizzo pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny in March without any promise of a fixed sentence ceiling.

Owens said he could not ignore the damages Rizzo caused to Peltzer, to his office, to his employees and others. Peltzer’s Hartford lawyer, Michael Budlong, said the embezzlement caused the dentist to cut back on benefits to employees and to work countless hours to recover financially. Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Preleski said it would take him five years of “take home” pay to make up the sum Rizzo stole.

Court records say Rizzo’s employer became suspicious about money shortages and called in a former employee to help audit financial records. The audit found patient payments made from 1998 to 2000 often were not posted against their balances and that some patient files were missing or deleted from the office records.

Police found that 160 checks totaling $150,000 payable to the dentist were deposited into Rizzo’s personal account after someone forged his signature, records say. Police said they also found bank records of 157 cash deposits totaling $49,931 into Rizzo’s account.

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Connecticut Dental Practice Employee Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Embezzling More Than $100k

Barbara-O-hara-Leone-mugshot-28228760.400x800Stamford Dental Practice Employee Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Embezzling More Than $100k Follow @USAO_CT [external link] Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BARBARA O’HARA-LEONE, 53, formerly of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling from a Stamford dental practice. According to court documents and statements made in court, O’HARA-LEONE worked as an office manager for a dental practice in Stamford.  From approximately June 2012 to May 2012, O’HARA-LEONE stole insurance checks issued to the victim and deposited them into her personal bank account.  In addition, she submitted fraudulent claims to several insurance companies for work that was never completed in the names of existing patients, and then deposited the resulting insurance checks into her personal bank account. As part of those fraudulent claims, O’HARA-LEONE used names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of the victim’s patients.  During the course of the scheme, O’HARA-LEONE stole more than $100,000. O’HARA-LEONE was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $100,979.89.O’HARA-LEONE has been detained since her arrest in North Carolina on April 23, 2013.  On October 4, 2013, she pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.This investigation was conducted by the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes members of the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Connecticut State Police, and the Greenwich, Hartford, Monroe, Stamford, Shelton, Stratford and Waterford Police Departments.  U.S. Attorney Daly specifically recognized the efforts of the Greenwich and Stamford Police Departments for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this matter. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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