FL dentist’s daughter allegedly forged 500+ pain pill prescriptions

A Lakeland dentist’s daughter is behind bars after Polk County Sheriff’s deputies say she forged hundreds of prescriptions using her father’s prescription pad.

According to detectives, Stacey Sumner, 46, forged prescription painkillers for herself and patients. Now, the entire office at Sonrise Dental Clinic on Bartow Road in Lakeland is under investigation by both the PCSO and the Department of Health.

Investigators said Sumner worked as a receptionist at the clinic, where her father is also the dentist. Sumner’s father, Dr. William Johnson, told investigators he knew his daughter was addicted to Hydrocodone. He declined to comment to Bay News 9 at his office Friday.

Dr. Johnson has his own trouble; investigators said there are missing and incomplete records on his patients.

Deputies said cell phone video, taken by a confidential source, shows Sumner forging her father’s name on a prescription for Hydrocodone. It was one of more than 500 she allegedly forged over the past 15 months.

Investigators said Sumner was using family and friends who were patients at the clinic to fill the prescriptions. One of those friends, Lois McDermott, has also been arrested.

“[Sumner] would either give the friend some money to cash them in at the pharmacy, or give them some pills in return, and she would direct them to which pharmacies to go to,” Polk Co. Sheriff Grady Judd said.

According to Judd, so many prescriptions for Hydrocodone had been written, some area pharmacies stopped accepting their prescriptions from the clinic.

“I don’t see anything that’s going on,” one of Johnson’s patients, Dorothy Fuqua — whose son was having dental work done at the clinic — said. “We’re not here to get pain pills. He’s just in there getting three teeth pulled.”

Judd said there may be more arrests in the case that come as the investigation continues.

“I’m not naïve enough to think this is the end of it right here,” Judd said, “not when you have this many prescriptions.”

Sumner is charged with trafficking Hydrocodone, forgery and obtaining prescription by fraud. She was arrested in 2002 for the same crime, also while working for her father.

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Lawsuit alleges wife of slain Tarpon Springs FL doctor conspired to kill him; also suspected of embezzling from him

The children of a 74-year-old doctor stabbed and shot dead two years ago inside his Tarpon Springs home are suing their stepmother, Rebecca Schwartz, claiming she conspired to kill him.

A year after Dr. Steven Patlin Schwartz was killed on May 28, 2014, Tarpon Springs police arrested his handyman, Anton Stragaj, 38, who is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Rebecca Schwartz, 55, has not been charged in the case. A 13-page complaint filed Wednesday in Pinellas County chronicles several claims against her, including that she helped Stragaj kill her husband, embezzled money from Schwartz and coerced him into changing his will to benefit her more than his three adult children. His estate is worth at least $10 million, court records show.

Wil Florin, the Palm Harbor attorney representing Schwartz’s family, said his death has caused a “tremendous impact” on them.

“Not only did they have the emotional rug pulled out from under them, but they had the financial rug pulled out from under them,” he said. “All of the support that (Schwartz) was providing, which was significant, has been terminated by Ms. Schwartz.”

Rebecca Schwartz could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Her attorney, Denis de­Vlaming, said he planned to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and request that Florin show proof of the allegations.

“Mrs. Schwartz has vigorously denied having anything to do with the death of her husband,” he said. “We’re going to hold their feet to the fire.”

Among the claims in the lawsuit:

Before and after his death, Rebecca siphoned “significant sums of money” from Schwartz’s accounts. She was also “caught embezzling funds” from his practice, Main Street Medical in Dunedin. About one month before the murder, she hired a document shredding service to dispose of several boxes of paperwork that were “likely relevant to the embezzlement of funds,” records state.

The lawsuit also claims that Rebecca told her husband to change his estate plan so that it benefited her rather than his children. The doctor accepted “under the threat of exposing information important to his reputation in the community.”

Florin would not say what information she had. Last year, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Schwartz fatally shot a dentist in New Mexico about 50 years ago. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, but was granted parole in 1971 and pardoned in 1977.

The lawsuit also provides details into Stragaj and Rebecca’s “close personal relationship.” In public, the records say, she referred to him as her “right-hand man” and said Stragaj, for $15,000, “will take care of anyone you want.”

On the day Schwartz was killed, Rebecca told police she had arrived at the couple’s 1310 Belcher Drive home on the Anclote River and found the house in disarray. Drawers in her bedroom were open and money, jewelry and watches were missing, according to court records filed last year.

Rebecca called 911 and police dogs found Schwartz’s body near the garage. Investigators found Stragaj’s DNA on Schwartz’s shirt.

But the lawsuit claims Rebecca and Stragaj staged a “break-in,” destroying part of a door, removing jewelry from the master bedroom and taking the hard drive of the home’s surveillance system. Rebecca also owns a .22-caliber gun, the suit says. The records state that police have determined the same caliber was used to shoot Schwartz.

Tarpon Springs police declined to comment on the investigation.

Schwartz’s children live in Florida. Kelly May of Spring Hill did not return a call for comment. Casey Schwartz is in prison on a DUI manslaughter conviction, records show. Carter Schwartz is in medical school and referred a reporter to his uncle, James Schwartz, who did not return a reporter’s call.

Rebecca, who married Schwartz in 2010, has two children from her first marriage.

Stragaj of Palm Harbor remains at the Pinellas County Jail awaiting trial.

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FL Dentist steals partner’s prescription pads to get oxycodone

A Lauderhill dentist is accused of using his business partner’s prescription pad to get oxycodone, officials said.

Joseph Gorfien, a partner at dental practice Gorfien & Jacobsohn, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said that Gorfien used Henry Jacobsohn’s professional license information and prescription pads to forge and fill prescriptions for oxycodone without his partner’s knowledge.

When a reporter called the dental practice Wednesday, a recorded message said the office was closed for the day.

Gorfien is charged with 11 counts of purchase of oxycodone, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.

The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.

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This lady has records in both Florida and Georgia

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Rochelle Lee Pridgen

CountyHillsborough, FL
Booking Number1001409
Last NamePRIDGEN
First NameROCHELLE
Middle NameLEE
Eye ColorBRO
Hair ColorBRO
BuildMED
Current Age40
Height5’03
Weight184
SOID Number00471137
SOID NamePRIDGEN,ROCHELLE LEE
RaceW
SexF
EthnicityN
Birth PlaceGA
Birth Date1972-10-02
Arrest Age28
Address CityBRANDON
Address StateFL
Address Zip33511
Arresting AgencyHCSO
Arrest Date2001-01-09 09:00:00
Booking Date2001-01-09 09:44:00
Arrest Location919 MEIZNER REAL AV
Arrest JurisdictionHC
OBTS12736128
StatusRELEASED
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Release TypeCASH BOND
Release Date2001-01-10 21:40:00
Release RemarkM PRIDGEN

Charges

Charge # Desc Class Court Disp Bond BP Fine Custody Days Count Type Report # CT Case # Date Agency OBTS Code CRA # Remark
1 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD OVER $100 F3 31O PENDING 500.00 B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 FRAU3000 326718
2 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD OVER $100 F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 FRAU3000 326718
3 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD OVER $100 F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 FRAU3000 326718
4 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD OVER $100 F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 FRAU3000 326718
5 FRAUDULENT USE OF CREDIT CARD OVER $100 F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 FRAU3000 326718
6 GRAND THEFT THIRD DEGREE ($300 – $20,000) F3 31O PENDING 500.00 B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 THEF2000 326718
7 GRAND THEFT THIRD DEGREE ($300 – $20,000) F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 THEF2000 326718
8 GRAND THEFT THIRD DEGREE ($300 – $20,000) F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 THEF2000 326718
9 GRAND THEFT THIRD DEGREE ($300 – $20,000) F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 THEF2000 326718
10 GRAND THEFT THIRD DEGREE ($300 – $20,000) F3 31O RECOGNIZANCE NBR B 1 1 WARRANT 00092385 0020634CF 2001-01-09 HCSO 12736128 THEF2000 326718

Aliases

Name Birth Date SSN
DENTON,ROCHELL 1972-10-02
PRIDGEN,ROCHELLE LEE 1972-10-02

Florida office manager admits cheating insurers — has previous record

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PORT ST. LUCIE — A former dental office manager did a different type of filling: diverting insurance payments to her private bank accounts, according to an arrest affidavit.

An estimated $20,000 illegally ended up in the accounts of Marissa Minor, 31, of Stuart, the affidavit states. She is charged with fraud, possession of forged documents and larceny and is in the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail.

She was arrested Tuesday following an investigation that began last year when someone took over her job at Gentle Breeze Dental on Port St. Lucie Boulevard. In December, the new office manager told police she discovered discrepancies in patient insurance payments received while Minor was employed there, from March to November.

After police got involved, they found that checks were deposited in Minor’s accounts at PNC Bank and at JP Morgan Chase Bank. Signatures were forged. Investigators got bank records for the prior 10 months and found more. A total of 30 checks had been taken, the affidavit states.

Bank surveillance videos showed the checks being deposited by a person matching Minor’s appearance. That person drove away in a 2013 Nissan Altima belonging to Minor, the affidavit states.

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DOB: 5/22/1984
Age: 31
Inmate ID: 239895
Arresting Agency: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
Booking Date: 3/15/2016 at 14:10
Visitation: Monday & Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM (Schedule Visitation)
Expected Release: N/A
Total Bond: $55,000.00
Housing: D2w-d4
Charges:
Charge Description Status Bond Amount
Second Deg Grand Theft Pending $25,000.00
Poss Of Forged Notes Or Bills Pending $5,000.00
Organized Fraud 20,000 Or More Less Than 50,000 Pending $25,000.00

Marissa has other arrests from 2013 and 2003.
Race: White
DOB: 5/22/1984
Full Address: 4163 N HAVERHILL RD APT. 1218, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33417
Gender: Female
Current Facility: RELEASED TO SOR
OBTS: 5002246390
Booking Date: 3/24/2013 at 03:28
Arresting Agency: 40-DELRAY BEACH
Release Date: 3/24/2013 at 12:25
Holds For Other Agencies: No
Jacket Number: 0393578
Booking Number: 2013012560
Charges:
Charges Number Description Original Bond Current Bond
812.014-4088 LARC – GRAND THEFT 300 LESS THAN 5K DOLS $3,000.00 $3,000.00
414.39-7241 FRAUD – ENGAGE IN PUBLIC AID FRAUD 200 DOLS OR MORE $3,000.00 $3,000.00
Name: MINOR, MARISSA
DOB: 5/22/1984
Court Case No: F-03-003765
State Case No: 13-2003-CF-003765-0001-XX
Warrant Type: N/A
Assessment Amount: $40.00
Balance Due: $40.00
Hearing Type: N/A
Court Room: REGJB – JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM No.: 3-1
Court Address: 1351 N.W. 12 ST
Previous Case: N/A
Next Case: N/A
Judge: POOLER, TERESA MARY
Defense Attorney: PUBLIC DEFENDER APPOINTMENT, ASSIGN
Bfile Section: F013
File Location: RECORD CENTER
Box Number: 25-930
Probation Length: N/A
Probation Type: N/A
Defendant in Jail: N
Defendant Release To: PTI/ROR/RIC
Bond Status: N/A
Bond Type: N/A
Date Filed: 2/08/2003
Date Closed: 2/28/2003
Stay Due Date: N/A
Hearing Date: N/A
Probation Start Date: N/A
Probation End Date: N/A
Bond Issue Date: N/A
Bond Amount: N/A
Names / Aliases:
Last Name First Name Middle Name Race Sex Date of Birth
MINOR MARISSA WHITE FEMALE 05/22/1984
MINOR MARISSA WHITE FEMALE 05/22/1984
Charges:
Seq No. Charge Charge Type Disposition
1 GRAND THEFT 3RD DEG FELONY NO ACTION
Dockets:
Seq. No. Date Book/Page Docket Assessed Paid Balance Last Assessed Last Payment
14 03/31/2003 NOTICE OF FAILURE TO PAY SENT
13 02/28/2003 CLOSING JUDGE SCHWARTZ, LAWRENCE A
1 02/18/2003 ARRAIGNMENT HEARING SCHEDULED FOR 02/28/2003 AT 08:30
11 02/16/2003 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC DEFENDER
10 02/14/2003 INTAKE UNIT ASSIGNED: FSU – CASE SCREENING
9 02/14/2003 INTAKE PROS. ASSIGNED: BETTENDORF-PL, KRISTI-CB
7 02/08/2003 FIRST APPEARANCE/BOND HEARING – A.M.
6 02/08/2003 ATTORNEY TYPE APPOINTED AT BOND HEARING PUBLIC DEFENDER
5 02/08/2003 REPORT RE: BOND REVIEW SET FOR 02/10/2003 AT 09:00
4 02/08/2003 PUBLIC DEFENDER APPLICATION FEE/AFFIDAVIT TO BE PAID IN FULL AMOUNT 40.00
3 02/08/2003
INSOLV APPL 40.00 0.00 40.00 02/08/2003 N/A
TOTAL: 40.00 0.00 40.00
2 02/07/2003 FIRST APPEARANCE/BOND HEARING – P.M.

Florida dental office manager arrested for grand theft

 

A Naples woman has been arrested and charged with taking funds from a Bonita Springs dental office where she served as office manager.

The arrest stems from a Nov. 8, 2005, report about an alleged grand theft by an employee. The incident occurred at Gulfshore Dental, 9136 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Lee County sheriff’s deputies responded.

The complainant, Dr. Steven Kovacs, told deputies that the business had recently discovered that an employee was stealing money from the business by using her personal Visa debit card. The business had suffered a loss between $10,000 and $20,000. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Economics Crimes Unit, along with the State Attorney’s Office, were notified and instructed to assume the investigation.

The investigation revealed that the office manager, Kerri Spagnuolo, was using her Visa debit card to withdraw money out of Gulfshore Dental’s bank account. Spagnuolo reportedly used the credit card machine in the office to transfer funds to her personal account. Bank records show that more than $46,000 from Gulfshore Dental’s account had been removed between March 2005 and October 2005.

Gulfshore Dental’s cash receipts and bank deposits confirmed money was stolen from the daily deposits. Spagnuolo was solely responsible for the daily deposits and handling of cash. Bank and business records confirmed Gulfshore Dental suffered a financial loss of more than $35,000 through stolen bank deposits. Computer records for the business showed Spagnuolo attempted to hide her theft by altering/deleting cash entries for monies paid by patients. As a result of Spagnuolo’s theft, Gulfshore Dental suffered a total financial loss of more than $80,000 between March 2005 through October 2005, reports said.

Spagnuolo, 28, of 15461 Cortona Way, Naples, was charged with grand theft over $20,000 and under $100,000, a second degree felony. She was arrested Wednesday and transported to the Lee County Jail.

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Tampa office manager convicted of grand larceny in stealing from endodontic office

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DAWN MARIE PACIELLA – Defendant

ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA – Plaintiff

Case Number: 08-CA-012182

Court: Hillsborough County Court

Location: Tampa, FL

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Case Summary
Case No. 08-CA-012182
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Case Type: Conversion
Date Filed: 05/30/2008
Location: Division I
Judicial Officer: Sabella, Christopher C
Uniform Case Number: 292008CA012182A001HC
Party Information
Attorneys
Defendant PACIELLA, DAWN MARIE
Plaintiff ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA TABATHA A LIBERT
Retained
813-223-5351(W)
Events & Orders of the Court
OTHER EVENTS AND HEARINGS
05/30/2008 COMPLAINT

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Party: ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA
05/30/2008 CIVIL COVER SHEET

USER ID=HIPSON
Party: ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA
05/30/2008 SUMMONS ISSUED

USER ID=HIPSON
Party: PACIELLA, DAWN MARIE
05/30/2008 CONVERTED EVENT

RCPT – RECEIPT. 30-MAY-2008,$255.00, User Id = HIPSON, Receipt No = 1326176. USER ID=HIPSON
Party: ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA
09/18/2008 MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME

USER ID=MCKENZIEA
Party: ACTIVE CARE ENDODONTICS PA
09/23/2008 ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME

9-22-08 FAG. USER ID=ARROYOL
11/16/2009 NOTICE OF INTENT TO DISMISS FOR LACK OF PROSECUTION

USER ID=STMARIAM
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Party: PACIELLA, DAWN MARIE

Florida woman convicted of $500k embezzlement from dentist

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Elizabeth De Leon was convicted on two separate occasions of major-league embezzlement, including allegedly over half a million dollars from Dr. Luis Fabelo.  Here are her arrest records:

Name: DELEON, ELIZABETH
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Birth Date: 9/20/1963
DC Number: M94016
Supervision Begin Date: 3/29/2016
Current Location: MIAMI
Current Status: ACTIVE
Supervision Type: PROBATION FELONY
Scheduled Termination Date: 3/28/2036
Address: 3149 W 79TH PL HIALEAH, FL 33018
Aliases:
  • ELIZABETH DE LEON
  • ELIZABETH DE-LEON
  • ELIZABETH DELEON
Charges:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Community Supervision Length
07/01/2011 ORG.FRAUD-$50K OR MORE 07/15/2015 MIAMI-DADE 1306114 5Y 0M 0D
07/01/2011 ORG.FRAUD-$50K OR MORE 07/15/2015 MIAMI-DADE 1306114 15Y 0M 0D
07/01/2011 GRAND THEFT O/$100K 07/15/2015 MIAMI-DADE 1306114 5Y 0M 0D 15Y 0M 0D

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Mugshots.com ID: 57959439
Sex: F
Race: W
Eye Color: BRO
Hair Color: BLK
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Name: DE LEON, ELIZABETH
DOB: 9/20/1963
Court Case No: F-13-010864
State Case No: 13-2013-CF-010864-0001-XX
Warrant Type: N/A
Assessment Amount: $0.00
Balance Due: $0.00
Hearing Type: R
Court Room: REGJB – JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM No.: 2-8
Court Address: 1351 N.W. 12 ST
Previous Case: N/A
Next Case: N/A
Judge: FAJARDO, ARIANA
Defense Attorney: N/A
Bfile Section: F020
File Location: CALENDAR SECTION
Box Number: N/A
Probation Length: N/A
Probation Type: N/A
Defendant in Jail: Y
Defendant Release To: N/A
Bond Status: N/A
Bond Type: N/A
Date Filed: 5/10/2013
Date Closed: N/A
Stay Due Date: N/A
Hearing Date: 5/13/2013
Probation Start Date: N/A
Probation End Date: N/A
Bond Issue Date: N/A
Bond Amount: N/A
Names / Aliases: N/A
Charges:
Seq No. Charge Charge Type Disposition
1 GRAND THEFT 1ST DEG FELONY
2 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
3 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
4 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
5 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
6 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
7 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
8 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
9 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
10 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
11 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
12 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
13 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
14 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
15 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
16 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
17 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
18 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
19 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
20 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
21 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
22 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
23 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
24 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
25 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
26 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
27 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
28 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
29 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
30 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
31 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
32 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
33 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
34 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
35 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
36 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
37 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
38 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
39 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
40 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
41 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
42 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
43 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
44 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
45 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
46 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
47 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
48 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
49 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
50 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
51 UTTER FORGED INSTRU FELONY
52 ORGANIZED FRAUD/50K+ FELONY
Dockets:
Seq. No. Date Book/Page Docket Assessed Paid Balance Last Assessed Last Payment
5 05/10/2013 ARRAIGNMENT HEARING SCHEDULED FOR 05/30/2013 AT 09:30
4 05/10/2013 REPORT RE: BOND REVIEW SET FOR 05/13/2013 AT 09:45
3 05/10/2013 FIRST APPEARANCE/BOND HEARING – A.M.
2 05/10/2013 ATTORNEY TYPE APPOINTED AT BOND HEARING PRIVATE ATTORNEY
1 05/09/2013 DEFN CITY & STREET CHANGED BY FINALIST PURSUANT TO BOOKING

Florida dental office worker charged with grand theft

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Several vouchers on the Key West Express, airline flights to New Jersey, a motel room for several nights, and a package sent and copies made at a UPS store, resulted in the arrest of a woman who worked for a Bonita Springs dentist.

Randy Susan Verdino, 46, who lists addresses in the 18000 block of Narcissus Road, Fort Myers, and 20000 block of Oahu Circle, Estero, was charged with grand theft, use of another’s identity without their permission and two counts of illegal use of a credit card. She was released Thursday evening from Lee County Jail after posting $6,000 in bonds.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:

Verdino worked at Bonita Dental, located in the same strip mall as the Sheriff’s Office substation at 8951 Bonita Beach Road.

Frederick Eck, the dentist, called deputies Dec. 16 about the charges. Barbara Young, Eck’s manager at Bonita Dental, said she found several unauthorized charges on that day.

She gave detectives copies of the account statements which show:

On Oct. 26 a $1,485 charge from Key West Express on Fort Myers Beach for 15 charter boat vouchers after Eck’s credit card information was sent by facsimile to the company. A man at the charter company said he took the vouchers to the dental office but could not remember who received them.

On Nov. 22, a BillMeLater online credit account was opened under the dentist’s name and Social Security number. A total of $860.80 was charged for four round-trip Jet Blue tickets from Fort Myers to Newark, N.J., in the names of Randy Verdino, Joseph Verdino and two of Randy Verdino’s children. Their names were not released. The flight left Fort Myers on Nov. 24 and returned on Dec. 1.

On Nov. 30, a FifthThird debit card was charged $225.40 by Hampton Inn in Fairfield, N.J. The same debit card was charged $169.50 on Dec. 3, also by Hampton Inn.

On Oct. 7, documentation shows Randy Verdino went to the UPS Store, also at 8951 Bonita Beach Road, and made copies, charging $23.17 to Eck’s store account. On. Oct. 12, she sent a package and $26.42 was charged. On Oct. 13, she again made copies and charged $9.27 to Eck’s account.

The store owner identified Verdino as the person who made the charges. He told deputies the copies were for a fishing boat company and not dental related.


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Florida dentist has $399k removed from retirement accounts

A semi-retired dentist who last month started receiving incessant telephone calls, all 30-second recordings from a sex hotline, told police this week that nearly $400,000 had been siphoned from his retirement account since the calls began.

Robert Thousand Jr., 61, a periodontist in World Golf Village, said he believes the telephone scheme and the thefts are connected.

“It’s a very sophisticated operation, actually,” Thousand said Tuesday.

On Monday, he filed a police report saying he checked his TD Ameritrade account and found that money — a total of $399,000 — started disappearing days after the phone calls started.

The withdrawals were of $18,000 on Nov. 23, $82,000 on Nov. 25, $99,000 on Nov. 30, and $100,000 on both Dec. 2 and 4.

Thousand, who recently sold his St. Augustine practice, said it seems the perpetrators infiltrated his phone lines to prevent the broker from contacting him about the transactions.

His son, Robert Thousand III, is a fellow dental specialist in the St. Augustine area who had also been on the receiving end of the harassing phone calls.

But it didn’t appear his bank accounts had been touched, the elder Thousand said.

Still, they both have put freezes on their financial accounts as a precaution.

“They just hit me,” he said. “Apparently they were targeting me, but Bobby and I have the same name (so) they were probably thinking his practice was my practice.”

Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives were still investigating the phone calls Monday when they learned about the withdrawals.

Investigators couldn’t definitively say whether the two crimes were connected.

“There’s a possibility,” Mulligan said. “But at this juncture, we simply don’t know.”

Kristin Petrick, a spokeswoman for TD Ameritrade, said she could not comment on Thousand’s situation.

“Because of our privacy policy we don’t comment on individual client circumstances,” Petrick said.

Coincidentally, President Barack Obama on Tuesday named Howard Schmidt as his cyber-security coordinator.

In May, Obama said cyber-security was one of the “most serious economic and national-security challenges we face,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Thousand had heard about the appointment, saying, “I even heard today that the president appointed (Schmidt) as the cyber crime czar now, which we needed for a long time.”

He just hopes it’s not too late for him.

He said his accountant told him that the money likely would not be recoverable and, to add insult to injury, he might have to pay income taxes and an early-withdrawal penalty on what he lost.

Not to mention, he isn’t sure where his money is going.

The money was taken out in New York City, but Thousand wondered aloud if it would end up funding terrorism.

“I don’t know where this 400,000 is going,” he said. “I could have bomb with my name on it: Thank you, Bob.”


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