Former Augusta University provost pleads guilty to theft

A former vice provost at Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia Regents University pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of theft by taking.

In a plea agreement, a second count of theft was dismissed against Roman M. Cibirka, 56, a dentist who worked his way up from teaching at the dental school to university administration from 1996 until he resigned after the theft from the university was discovered in 2015.

In Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Sheryl B. Jolly accepted the negotiated sentence and imposed a five-year probation sentence under the First Offender Act. Conditions of probation include paying a $25,000 fine and performing 240 hours of community service by providing dental services for indigent patients.

Associate Attorney General Blair McGowan told the judge Friday afternoon that a tip led to an internal investigation. It was discovered that Cibirka ordered dental work be provided to an individual and the $15,322 in services be paid by the university on June 14, 2013. McGowan said the state wasn’t seeking restitution because the individual who received the services is making restitution.

Defense attorney Richard Grossman told the judge that Cibirka has provided free dental care for indigent patients since he began practicing.

 According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Cibirka is currently licensed to practice dentistry and lives in Alpharetta, Ga. He has been licensed since 1998.

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This lady has records in both Florida and Georgia

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Rochelle Lee Pridgen

CountyHillsborough, FL
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BuildMED
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RaceW
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Birth PlaceGA
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Address CityBRANDON
Address StateFL
Address Zip33511
Arresting AgencyHCSO
Arrest Date2001-01-09 09:00:00
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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

Georgia woman receives five year sentence for embezzling $1.2 million from surgical office

Editor’s note — as you may know, we normally confine ourselves to investigating dental office embezzlement.  However, we do provide reporting on significant embezzlements in medical offices because the methodologies employed have considerable commonality.

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The former office manager of a Houston County surgical practice was sentenced Friday to serve five years in prison for wire fraud in a case that involved her embezzling more than $1 million from that medical office.

Maria Elizabeth Trenam, 53, who was the office manager for Surgical Associates of Warner Robins, was arrested in August 2015.

Trenam, who has since moved to north Georgia, embezzled an estimated $1.18 million dating back to 2011 when she became the office manager, authorities have said.

She pleaded guilty in July.

A federal judge in Macon on Friday ordered her to pay that same amount in restitution.

A statement on the sentencing from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Macon said Trenam will also have to forfeit “certain property obtained through the fraud, including a bank account, a house, an automobile, and a diamond ring.”

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The former office manager of a Warner Robins surgical practice was indicted Wednesday on charges that she embezzled more than $1.2 million from her former employer.

Maria Elizabeth Trenam is accused of embezzling the money from Surgical Associates of Warner Robins from March 31, 2011 to Aug. 11, 2015, according to the federal indictment.

As the officer manager, Trenam had access to banking and financial records of the business, could write checks on business accounts and had access to signature stamps of the doctors, according to the indictment. She also had a business credit card and handled the payroll for employees.

“The doctors trusted (Trenam) to the extent that there was little oversight of her activities as the officer manager,” the indictment said.

Trenam is accused of using her position to make unauthorized cash withdrawals at ATMs using the business credit card assigned to her, of writing unauthorized checks to herself on business accounts using the signature stamps of the doctors and of increasing her salary without authorization.

Trenam also is accused of using the business credit card to make unauthorized purchases and for travel and entertainment.

The alleged unauthorized purchases with the business credit card ranged from the Apple online store and hotel rentals, including from one in Las Vegas, to purchases at a Kroger in Warner Robins. A $600 cash withdrawal with the business card also was among the alleged transactions outlined in the indictment.

In addition, a forfeiture notice was filed in federal court for any property owned by Trenam that may have been obtained with embezzled money.

She initially was arrested on a charge of fiduciary theft in connection with the embezzlement following an extensive investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI also became involved because some of the transactions occurred across state lines, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland. The case was later turned over to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

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Georgia office manager accused of embezzling $60k

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A Smyrna man is accused of siphoning more than $60,000 from a Sandy Springs periodontal practice where police said he worked as a business manager.

Peter Ngunyi, 33, turned himself into the Fulton County Jail last week on theft charges after doctors at Atlanta Periodontal report missing money.

“They believe he used an American Express card and some fraudulent payroll activity in order to embezzle the money,” said Sandy Springs police spokeswoman Forrest Bohannon.  “He had access to the credit cards and payroll of the business.”

According to an incident report obtained by Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik, investigators believe Ngunyi made unauthorized payments to his own company and to several marketing sites, including GoDaddy.com and Google Adwords.

“The higher amount does make it a felony amount; however, he’s way over the mark for felony theft,” said Bohannon.

Ngunyi’s attorney, Jeff Brickman, told Petchenik his client immediately turned himself into the jail upon learning of a warrant for his arrest.

Brickman told Petchenik his client provided advertising and marketing services to the practice that “completely changed the complexion of the business.”

“This is a purely contractual matter and has no business being in the criminal courts,” Brickman said.

Brickman said he’s disappointed that police were quick to take out warrants against Ngunyi without first getting his side of the story.  He said he’s talking to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office about having the case dismissed so that it can be handled in civil court.

The Fulton County Jail website shows Ngunyi posted a $20,000 bond is now out of jail.

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Georgia clerk accused of embezzling $8k from dentist

A Savannah woman was arrested Tuesday after police said she was a suspect in the embezzlement of more than $8,000 from her employer, a local dental practice.

Stacey Renee Kicklighter, 37, was charged with theft by taking and computer theft, both felonies. The case stems from an internal audit last month at Howard Dental Group, 533 Stephenson Ave., according to Savannah-Chatham police reports.

Kicklighter, a team leader and accounts payable clerk, is charged with using “a computer to embezzle $8,389 from Howard Dental Group,” an arrest report stated.

Kicklighter, of 100 St. George Blvd., was booked into the Chatham County jail under the name Stacy R. Faust, records show.

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Politician alleged to have laundered federal education funds diverted to campaign through daughter’s dental office

Witness connects checks to Schrenko

By Morris News Service

ATLANTA – Linda Schrenko personally ordered others to fraudulently endorse checks to her campaign, according to a witness in Ms. Schrenko’s federal corruption trial Monday.

The witness offered the first testimony of the former state school superintendent personally directing parts of the complex scheme she in which she is charged with embezzling $600,000 in federal funds entrusted to the state Department of Education.

Shawn Neal, a onetime office director for Ms. Schrenko’s daughter, Dr. Katherine Cooper, said the former superintendent and deputy Merle Temple showed up at their Augusta dental office one day and began persuading employees to help fill out the checks, which until that point had no payee listed.

After the employees’ names were added to the checks, they were asked to endorse the backs, Ms. Neal said. She said she signed checks made out to herself and her husband, and was assured by Ms. Schrenko and Mr. Temple that the transfer was legal.

Ms. Neal said she never expected or received any money from the scheme, but was nervous about signing checks when she didn’t know what she had done to “earn” the money. Ms. Schrenko assured Ms. Neal she would later earn the income through a phone survey about the gubernatorial bid, in which Ms. Schrenko was running.

“She explained to me that it was kind of like I was working for the money, but I would not receive any,” she said.

The survey never took place, Ms. Neal said.

Prosecutors say the checks were later cashed and funneled into the 2002 campaign. In all, similar arrangements allegedly made at her daughter’s office generated more than $61,000 for the campaign, the government says.

Prosecutors allege it was all part of a plan to steal more than $600,000 in federal education grants to fuel the political ambitions of Ms. Schrenko and the businesses of South African businessman co-defendant Stephan Botes, whose employee Peter Steyn is also standing trial.

The $590 “focus group” checks such as those Ms. Neal said she endorsed came from companies owned or linked to Mr. Botes, according to testimony.

Ms. Schrenko also filled out a check for an employee who wasn’t present, Ms. Neal said.

“I saw her sign at least one of the checks,” Ms. Neal said.

She said she noticed Ms. Schrenko signing the check because the former superintendent had to be corrected on the spelling of the employee’s name.

It was the first testimony directly connecting Ms. Schrenko to some of the most serious allegations in the 48-count indictment.

During cross-examination, Ms. Schrenko’s attorney, Pete Theodocion, asked a series of yes-or-no questions, getting Ms. Neal to say that Ms. Schrenko never lied about where the money was going and that the ex-school chief maintained that the phone “focus groups” would take place.

Also Monday, former software executive Johnathan Turner wrapped up his testimony after about three days on the stand.

The defense grilled Mr. Turner on his plea deal. Mr. Turner pleaded guilty to structuring $16,000 worth of financial transactions, a fraction of the total $614,000 that Ms. Schrenko, Mr. Botes and Mr. Steyn are accused of stealing.

Mr. Turner, who said he was directed by Mr. Botes, carried out the complex series of wire transfers, cash exchanges and other transactions that prosecutors allege kicked nearly half of the money back into Ms. Schrenko’s gubernatorial campaign.

Mr. Theodocion said that the $16,000 amounted to just 2.5 percent of the total money involved.

“So you got a 97.5 percent discount, didn’t you?” Mr. Theodocion asked.

Mr. Turner explained that the guilty plea mentions the $16,000 was part of a broader pattern.


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Roswell GA office manager Emily Trimble embezzles “hundreds of thousands”

Emily Trimble accused of embezzling from Atlanta Dental Spa

 


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Emily Trimble’s Record & Detailed Information

Emily Trimble’s Record Summary

Emily Trimble was taken into custody on 9/24/2015 in Fulton County, Georgia and charged with computer forgery, and financial transaction card fraud.

Emily Trimble’s Details

County Fulton County, GA
Booking Date 9/24/2015
Booking Number 1519525
Agency Roswell Police Department

Emily Trimble’s Description

Sex Female
Race White
Hair Brown
Eyes Hazel
Height 5′ 9
Weight 163lbs
Address Cumming, Ga 30040-4254

 

Family Charged With Embezzling Almost $2 Million From Georgia Dentist

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By Jennifer Griffies

A Sandy Springs dentist’s office was busy cleaning teeth while their bookkeeper was cleaning them out of millions.

Sandy Springs Police Captain Steve Rose tells WSB 58-year-old Rosemary D’souza had been the office manager and bookkeeper for TLC Dental for nearly 20 years, but suspicions arose during a casual conversation.

“She mentioned that the family owned a couple of houses in Florida. This kind of raised suspicion with the doctor based on – it’s kind of extravagant possessions with somebody with that particular salary base,” said Rose.

An investigation revealed that between 2009 and 2013, D’souza embezzled two-million-dollars.

“From what we can tell, Rosemary paid herself over this period of time over $800,000, paid her husband over $600,000, and then paid her daughter who is a student, over $83,000,” said Rose.

Rose says because D’souza was a longtime employee, they had complete trust in her.

“They believed them to be honest and it’s the misuse and it’s taking advantage of that trust which allowed that person to just go undetected for so long,” said Rose.

Rosemary D’souza has been charged with numerous offenses including theft by taking and financial card fraud.  D’souza’s daughter, 20-year-old Karen and her husband Joseph, have been charged with theft by taking.

 


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Run, Arica, Run! Police search for office manager Arica Cameron accused of stealing $630k from dentist – Georgia Newsday

Atlanta police are looking for a dental office manager suspected of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from her boss.

A prominent Buckhead dentist told reporters that a major bank is also to blame.

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“She was caught red-handed by Wells Fargo Bank, calling me and telling me that she had been depositing checks made out to my business into her personal account,” said Dr. Bob Feil of his former manager, Arica Cameron.

“(It’s) north of $630,000,” he said.

Feil showed reporters five of the more than 500 checks he says Cameron deposited at Wells Fargo ATMs.

One from Delta Dental Insurance is for nearly $2,500. The endorsement stamp is for deposit to Feil’s account, but Cameron’s signature is on it, he said.

Feil complains a human teller would have questioned the transactions, but they sailed through via automation.

“She ended up walking out of the office before the police came, so she hasn’t been caught,” said Feil.

The arrest warrant has been out for more than a year. Feil has spent 10 months and six figures in legal fees fighting Wells Fargo.

“Part of me says, ‘Wrong is wrong,'” he said.

A spokesperson for Wells Fargo told reporters it won’t comment on an ongoing lawsuit.

In an affidavit, a private investigator swore he tried for two months to find Cameron with no luck.

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