Idaho hygienist sentenced to five years in prison for health care fraud

Cherie R. Dillon

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Cherie R. Dillon, 62, will spend five years in prison for completing dental procedures that legally could only be performed by a dentist.

Dillon drilled and pulled teeth, provided patients at her Payette office with fillings and dentures, and offered other procedures that went far beyond her license as a dental hygienist. Dillon did not attend dental school and did not have a license beyond a hygienist’s.

At the same time, she billed patients for dental hygiene services performed without the supervision and direction of a dentist, required under state law and licensing requirements.

Under a preliminary order, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Dillon to forfeit $847,016 in illegal proceeds and to pay $549,605 in restitution. A final order is expected to be issued following a hearing Aug. 9.

Dillon pleaded guilty to two dozen counts of health care fraud and an equal number of counts of aggravated identity theft. Her change of plea came in January, after four days of trial.

Dillon founded her Payette practice, Dental Healthcare With Heart, in August 2005. She hired dentists to work for her on a part-time basis in exchange for sharing one-quarter to one-third of the money she took in from health care benefit providers for services provided by the dentists.

Dillon took advantage of the condition of one of her contract dentists, Dr. Theodore Fricke, who was suffering from severe health problems that required in-home health care. In late 2010, Fricke’s physician certified he was fully disabled for the purpose of disability insurance.

Dillon fraudulently billed Medicaid and insurance companies for services she said were performed by Fricke between 2010 and 2013, authorities said. She billed $1.5 million during those years, according to court documents.

Prosecutors introduced evidence that Dillon renewed Fricke’s dental license and a license for prescribing controlled substances. She even completed online continuing education requirements for Fricke.

Dillon carried on a ruse that Fricke continued to practice at Dental Healthcare With Heart, telling other contract dentists that Fricke worked on a day they weren’t in the office.

Prosecutors said Dillon stamped medical records, letters and billing documents with Fricke’s signature stamp.

Dillon deposited “substantial” amounts of cash into retirement accounts for her and her husband. The amounts, prosecutors said, “exceeded the amount paid to any contract dentist” performing actual dental procedures at the practice.

If insurance companies had known treatments were billed by a dental hygienist working outside the scope of her license, they would not have paid for the treatments.

The Idaho State Board of Dentistry pressured Dillon into surrendering her dental hygienist license in June 2016, after the allegations surfaced.

The case was investigated by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Idaho Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal and state law enforcement partners are committed to vigorously pursuing health care benefit fraud,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez said.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/crime/article154852059.html#storylink=cpy

 

Embezzlement at Idaho State University’s dental education program.

POCATELLO – Pocatello police released the name Tuesday of the third person involved in the grand theft embezzlement case at Idaho State University’s dental education program.

Dianne Gilbert responded to a felony summons Tuesday after prosecutors sent them out to the three suspects last week.

Gilbert, 43, is a dental assistant with Pocatello Family Dentistry, 465 Memorial Drive, which provides a resident training program for local dentistry students.

Sabra Knight, 35, another dental assistant with Pocatello Family Dentistry, and Marlene Funk, an administrative assistant with the Department of Dental Sciences at ISU, were also charged in connection with the case. Gilbert and Knight have been charged with accessory to grand theft by embezzlement, and Funk faces charges of grand theft embezzlement. All three suspects are due in court Thursday.

Police have said the embezzlement case resulted in less than $10,000 being stolen from ISU’s dental program through falsified payroll forms.

“(Funk) is the primary suspect,” said Capt. Steve Findley, adding it appears Funk initiated the entire case.

None of the suspects involved in the case could be reached for comment.

Pocatello Family Dentistry declined to comment on the matter and directed questions toward James Fletcher, ISU’s vice president of finance and administration. Fletcher could not be reached for comment.

Pocatello police initiated an investigation of ISU’s dental program on May 13 after the university’s Department of Public Safety alerted the local law enforcement officials of an internal audit into the department.

ISU began its internal audit after a whistle-blower alerted the university to payroll irregularities in the dental program.

Police said the three suspects with the dental program had allegedly recorded faulty data on their time sheets resulting in losses of less than $10,000.

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Idaho man convicted of embezzling from two dental offices

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho –

Idaho Falls police said Friday that a man embezzled more than $35,000 from two dentist offices between January 2011 and July 2012.

Jared D. Sloan, 36, was served a warrant in Bonneville County Court Wednesday for grand theft stemming from a case investigated by the Idaho Falls Police Department.

The IFPD requested the warrant following an investigation into the embezzlement of $38,254 from Foothills Dental and Riverwest Dental between January 2011 and July 2012. Police said he used company credit and debit cards.

The embezzlement was reported to police Oct. 17.

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Name: JARED DANIEL SLOAN
Status: Probation/Parole
Offenses:
Offense Sentencing County Case No. Sentence Satisfaction Date
GRAND THEFT BONNEVILLE CR13-3752 09/08/2020
Supervising District: DISTRICT 7 IDAHO FALLS OFFICE
Phone Number: 208-528-4220
Supervising Officer: UNKNOWN

 

Idaho’s Tamra Raymond — Grand Theft

tamra raymond

REXBURG – A Ririe woman has been charged with grand theft over the embezzlement of a large sum of money from her employer, a Rexburg dental office.

Tamra Raymond, 44, of Ririe was arrested Tuesday after being charged Monday.

According to court records, Raymond has been charged with one count of grand theft for money taken on numerous occasions from Christensen Dental Office between Jan.1, 2006 and Feb. 16, 2007.

Lewis said Raymond had been employed by the dental office, and he didn’t know when her employment was terminated.

Lewis said he would not release an exact amount of the theft and that the investigation is ongoing.


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no subject, Plaintiff vs State Of Idaho, Defendant
Case: CV-2009-0001156 District  Filed: 12/18/2009  Subtype: Post Conviction Relief  Judge: Alan C. Stephens  Status: Closed pending clerk action  02/28/2011
Defendants: State of Idaho
Plaintiffs: Raymond, Tamra
Register of actions: Date
12/18/2009 New Case Filed – Post Conviction Relief
12/18/2009 Filing: H10 – Post-conviction act proceedings Paid by: Raymond, Tamra (plaintiff) Receipt number: 0007937 Dated: 12/18/2009 Amount: $.00 (Cash) For: Raymond, Tamra (plaintiff)
12/18/2009 Change Assigned Judge
12/18/2009 Plaintiff: Raymond, Tamra Attorney Retained M. Patrick Duffin
03/29/2010 Change Assigned Judge (batch process)
01/03/2011 Change Assigned Judge (batch process)
02/28/2011 Case Status changed: closed pending clerk action
11/06/2013 Change Assigned Judge (batch process)

State of Idaho vs. Tamra Raymond
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2008-0003929  Magistrate  Judge: Robert L. Crowley Jr.  Amount due: $0.00 Closed
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
09/02/2008 Original: I18-3601 Forgery
Amended: I18-2407(2) Theft-petit
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony
Misdemeanor
Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $75.50
Jail: 360 days
Suspended Jail: 338 days
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-3601 Forgery
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Felony Finding: Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor
Disposition date: 10/16/2008
Fines/fees: $0.00
09/02/2008 I18-1801 Contempt of Court-Criminal
Officer:  Frakes, Ricardo, JCSO
Misdemeanor Finding: Dismissed By Court
Disposition date: 08/12/2010
Fines/fees: $0.00
Register of actions: Date
09/25/2008 New Case Filed – Felony
09/25/2008 Criminal Complaint
09/25/2008 Bond set at $50,000.00
09/25/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Arraignment 09/25/2008 01:30 PM)
09/25/2008 Prosecutor Assigned Amelia Anne Sheets
09/25/2008 Felony Minute Entry
09/25/2008 Hearing result for Arraignment held on 09/25/2008 01:30 PM: Arraignment / First Appearance
09/25/2008 Notification of Rights
09/26/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Preliminary 10/02/2008 09:30 AM)
10/02/2008 Hearing result for Preliminary held on 10/02/2008 09:30 AM: Hearing Held
10/02/2008 Application for Public Defender: granted
10/02/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Preliminary – continued 10/16/2008 09:30 AM)
10/03/2008 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra Order Appointing Public Defender Court appointed Paul Butikofer
10/03/2008 CR Order Appointing Attorney
10/03/2008 Subpoena Returned-Todd Porter served 10/2/2008
10/06/2008 Request for Discovery
10/06/2008 Motion for bond reduction
10/08/2008 Response to Request for Discovery
10/08/2008 Request for Discovery
10/15/2008 Subpoena Returned-Todd Porter served 10/10/2008
10/16/2008 Amended Complaint Filed (I18-2407(2) Theft-petit)
10/16/2008 Clerk Affidavit
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Dismissed on Motion of Prosecutor (I18-3601 Forgery)
10/16/2008 Plea Entered – GT (I18-2407(2) Theft-petit)
10/16/2008 Guilty Plea Or Admission Of Guilt (I18-2407(2) Theft-petit)
10/16/2008 Case Status changed: closed pending clerk action
10/16/2008 Hearing result for Preliminary – continued held on 10/16/2008 09:30 AM: Hearing Vacated
10/16/2008 Probation Ordered (I18-2407(2) Theft-petit) Probation term: 2 years. (Supervised)
10/16/2008 Sentenced To Incarceration (I18-2407(2) Theft-petit) Confinement terms: Jail: 360 days. Suspended jail: 338 days.
10/16/2008 Sentenced To Pay Fine 1075.50 charge: I18-2407(2) Theft-petit
10/20/2008 PROBATION REFERRAL NOTICE
10/24/2008 Amended Complaint Filed
10/24/2008 Conditional Motion to Dismiss
10/30/2008 Amended Complaint Filed
10/30/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Plea & Sentencing 11/24/2008 10:00 AM)
10/30/2008 Case Status changed: Reopened
11/05/2008 Hearing result for Plea & Sentencing held on 11/24/2008 10:00 AM: Hearing Vacated
11/06/2008 Conditional Order to Dismiss
11/20/2008 Memorandum of Restitution
12/10/2008 Order of Restitution 9013.10 victim # 1
03/25/2009 Affidavit & Notice of Failure to Pay
05/19/2009 Miscellaneous Payment: For Making Copy Of Any File Or Record By The Clerk, Per Page Paid by: Patrick Duffin, Esq. Receipt number: 0002979 Dated: 5/19/2009 Amount: $50.00 (Check)
07/01/2009 Warrant Issued – Bench Bond amount: 20000.00 Failure to Pay Fines – Balance of $9013.10 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
07/01/2009 Case Status changed: Inactive
07/01/2009 Clerk Affidavit
12/16/2009 Warrant Issued – Bench Bond amount: 20000.00 Failure to Pay Fines – Balance of $9013.10 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
12/16/2009 Clerk Affidavit
12/18/2009 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra Attorney Retained M. Patrick Duffin
12/18/2009 Notice Of Appearance
12/18/2009 Affidavit of Wayne Raymond
12/18/2009 Affidavit of M. Patrick Duffin
12/18/2009 Affidavit of Tamara Raymond
12/18/2009 Motion to Quash Warrant Issued on December 16, 2009
12/18/2009 Notice of Hearing
12/18/2009 Hearing Scheduled (Motions 01/14/2010 01:30 PM) Motion to Quash
12/18/2009 Case Status changed: Reopened
01/14/2010 Hearing result for Motions held on 01/14/2010 01:30 PM: Hearing Vacated Motion to Quash
01/14/2010 Stipulation To Quash Warrant
01/14/2010 Order Quashing Warrant
01/14/2010 Warrant Quashed Failure to Pay Fines – Balance of $9013.10 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
04/02/2010 Case Status changed: inactive
06/01/2010 Affidavit & Notice of Failure to Pay
07/21/2010 Warrant Issued – Bench Bond amount: 20000.00 Failure to Pay Fines – Balance of $9013.10 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
07/21/2010 Clerk Affidavit
08/12/2010 Warrant Returned Failure to Pay Fines – Balance of $9013.10 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
08/12/2010 Case Status changed: Pending
08/12/2010 Hearing Scheduled (Arraignment 08/12/2010 09:30 AM)
08/12/2010 Motion for release
08/12/2010 Minute Entry Hearing type: Arraignment Hearing date: 8/12/2010 Time: 11:43 am Courtroom: Large Courtroom #2 Court reporter: Minutes Clerk: Karol Drake Tape Number: 101 Defense Attorney: M. Duffin Prosecutor: Amelia Sheets
08/12/2010 Hearing result for Arraignment held on 08/12/2010 09:30 AM: Hearing Held
08/12/2010 Hearing Scheduled (Pre-Trial Conference 09/13/2010 09:30 AM)
08/12/2010 A Plea is Entered for Charge – NG (I18-1801 Contempt of Court-Criminal)
08/12/2010 Dismissed by Court (I18-1801 Contempt of Court-Criminal)
09/03/2010 Hearing result for Pre-Trial Conference held on 09/13/2010 09:30 AM: Hearing Vacated
09/03/2010 Dismissed by Court (I18-1801 Contempt of Court-Criminal)
09/03/2010 Case Status changed: closed pending clerk action
10/22/2010 Case Status changed: closed
10/25/2010 Order of Discharge from Probation

 

Case History

Cases for:   Raymond, Tamra
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2  Cases Found.
Tamra Raymond vs. State of Idaho
Case: CV-2009-0000962 District  Filed: 12/18/2009  Subtype: Post Conviction Relief  Judge: Gregory W Moeller  Status: Closed  04/30/2012
Defendants: State of Idaho
Plaintiffs: Raymond, Tamra
Disposition: Date Judgment Type Disposition Date Disposition Type Parties In Favor Of
04/30/2012 Dismissal of Case State of Idaho (Defendant), Raymond, Tamra (Plaintiff) Dismissed
Register of actions: Date
12/18/2009 New Case Filed – Post Conviction Relief
12/18/2009 Plaintiff: Raymond, Tamra Appearance M. Patrick Duffin
12/18/2009 Filing: H10 – Post-conviction act proceedings Paid by: Raymond, Tamra (plaintiff) Receipt number: 0022001 Dated: 12/18/2009 Amount: $.00 (Cash) For: Raymond, Tamra (plaintiff)
03/26/2012 Hearing Scheduled (Status Conference 04/16/2012 11:00 AM)
03/26/2012 Notice Of Hearing
04/05/2012 Continued (Status Conference 04/30/2012 11:00 AM)
04/05/2012 Notice Of Hearing
04/30/2012 Civil Disposition entered for: State of Idaho, Defendant; Raymond, Tamra, Plaintiff. Filing date: 4/30/2012
04/30/2012 STATUS CHANGED: Closed
04/30/2012 Hearing result for Status Conference scheduled on 04/30/2012 11:00 AM: District Court Hearing Held Court Reporter: David Marlow Number of Transcript Pages for this hearing estimated:

State of Idaho vs. Tamra Raymond
No hearings scheduled
Case: CR-2007-0000691  District  Judge: Brent J. Moss  Amount due: $35,534.50 Closed pending clerk action
Charges: Violation Date Charge Citation Degree Disposition
01/01/2006 I18-2403(1) {F} Theft-grand
Officer:  Smith, Bart, RPD
Felony Finding: Guilty
Disposition date: 08/20/2007
Fines/fees: $572.00
Det Penitentiary: 2 years
Indet Penitentiary: 4 years
Register of actions: Date
03/19/2007 New Case Filed – Felony
03/19/2007 Warrant Issued – Arrest Bond amount: 20000.00 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
03/20/2007 Misdemeanor Minute Entry/Judgment
03/20/2007 Arraignment / First Appearance
03/22/2007 Warrant Returned Defendant: Raymond, Tamra
03/23/2007 Bond Posted – Surety (Amount 20000.00 )
03/23/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Preliminary Hearing 03/30/2007 09:30 AM)
03/23/2007 Notice Of Hearing
03/29/2007 Request For Discovery
03/29/2007 Information
03/29/2007 Notice Of Appearance
03/29/2007 Request For Discovery and Inspection
03/29/2007 Waiver of Preliminary Hearing
03/29/2007 Hearing result for Preliminary Hearing held on 03/30/2007 09:30 AM: Preliminary Hearing Waived (bound Over)
03/29/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Arraignment 04/09/2007 09:00 AM)
03/29/2007 Notice Of Hearing
04/04/2007 Response To Discovery and Intent to Rely on Alibi Defense
04/09/2007 Hearing result for Arraignment held on 04/09/2007 09:00 AM: Arraignment in District Court
04/09/2007 Hearing result for Arraignment held on 04/09/2007 09:00 AM: Appear & Plead Not Guilty
04/09/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Pre-Trial 06/18/2007 11:00 AM)
04/09/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Jury Trial 07/05/2007 09:00 AM)
06/25/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Change of Plea 07/09/2007 09:00 AM)
06/29/2007 Notice Of Hearing
07/05/2007 Hearing result for Jury Trial held on 07/05/2007 09:00 AM: Hearing Vacated
07/05/2007 Hearing result for Pre-Trial held on 06/18/2007 11:00 AM: Hearing Vacated
07/09/2007 Hearing result for Change of Plea held on 07/09/2007 09:00 AM: Hearing Held
07/09/2007 Hearing Scheduled (Sentencing 08/20/2007 09:00 AM)
07/09/2007 Notice Of Hearing
08/13/2007 Pre-Sentence Investigation Received
08/20/2007 Guilty Plea Or Admission Of Guilt (I18-2403(1) {F} Theft-grand)
08/20/2007 Order of Retained Jurisdiction
08/20/2007 Hearing result for Sentencing held on 08/20/2007 09:00 AM: Hearing Held
11/07/2007 Transcript Filed
11/29/2007 Stipulation for Substitution of Counsel
02/07/2008 Original Probation Order Returned by Probation and Parole
03/12/2008 Motion For Restitution
03/12/2008 Order for Restitution
03/14/2008 Objection to Restitution and Request for Hearing
03/17/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Hearing 04/07/2008 09:30 AM) Restitution
03/17/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Hearing 04/14/2008 09:30 AM) Restitution
03/17/2008 Notice Of Hearing
04/07/2008 Stipulation and Order for Continuance (received)
04/10/2008 Hearing result for Hearing held on 04/14/2008 09:30 AM: Continued Restitution
04/10/2008 Stipulation and Order for Continuance
06/04/2008 Stipulated Motion For Restitution
06/04/2008 Order For Restitution
11/17/2008 Report Of Probation Violation
11/18/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Order to Show Cause 12/01/2008 09:00 AM)
11/18/2008 STATUS CHANGED: Reopened
11/18/2008 Order To Show Cause
12/01/2008 Minute Entry Hearing type: Order to Show Cause Hearing date: 12/1/2008 Time: 9:34 am Court reporter: David Marlow
12/01/2008 Hearing result for Order to Show Cause held on 12/01/2008 09:00 AM: District Court Hearing Held Court Reporter: David Marlow Number of Transcript Pages for this hearing estimated: less than 100 pages
12/01/2008 Admission Entered
12/01/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Disposition Hearing 12/15/2008 09:00 AM)
12/01/2008 Notice Of Hearing
12/15/2008 Minute Entry Hearing type: Disposition Hearing Hearing date: 12/15/2008 Time: 9:27 am Court reporter: David Marlow
12/15/2008 Hearing result for Disposition Hearing held on 12/15/2008 09:00 AM: District Court Hearing Held Court Reporter: David Marlow Number of Transcript Pages for this hearing estimated: less than 100 pages. Parties stipulated to continue 1 week
12/15/2008 Hearing Scheduled (Disposition Hearing 12/22/2008 09:00 AM)
12/15/2008 Notice Of Hearing
12/19/2008 Order Revoking Probation, Executing Sentence and Commitment
12/22/2008 Minute Entry Hearing type: Disposition Hearing Hearing date: 12/22/2008 Time: 9:17 am Court reporter: David Marlow
12/22/2008 Hearing result for Disposition Hearing held on 12/22/2008 09:00 AM: District Court Hearing Held Court Reporter: David Marlow Number of Transcript Pages for this hearing estimated: less than 100 pages
12/22/2008 Confinement Option Recorded: Penitentiary suspended removed.
12/22/2008 STATUS CHANGED: closed pending clerk action
12/18/2009 Defendant: Raymond, Tamra Appearance M. Patrick Duffin
04/23/2010 Minute Entry Hearing type: Motion Hearing date: 4/19/2010 Time: 10:25 am Courtroom: Brent J. Moss District Court Court reporter: David Marlow Minutes Clerk: Angie Wood Tape Number: Defense Attorney: M. Duffin Prosecutor: Sid Brown

Stole $40,000; Convicted embezzler gets 60 days in Idaho jail

Woman earlier pleaded guilty to theft from Sun Valley Dental

    An embezzlement case that lingered in the Blaine County court system for two years was finally closed last week after the defendant, a former employee of Sun Valley Dental, was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

    At a hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 20, before 5th District Court Judge Jonathan P. Brody, Barbara Lynn Adams was also given a suspended six-year prison sentence, placed on supervised probation for three years, fined $1,500 and ordered to pay restitution of $8,100. She was given credit for two days already spent in jail.

    Adams had remained free on $25,000, which was posted following her arrest in February 2013. She was represented by Ketchum attorney Andrew Parnes under his public defender contract with Blaine County.

    The case was assigned to Parnes after Adams’ previous public defender, former Ketchum attorney Daniel Dolan, was appointed Camas County magistrate judge in late 2013.

    The case was assigned to Brody, who normally presides in Minidoka County, following a disqualification motion filed in May 2013 by Dolan against Judge Robert J. Elgee. Dolan, by Idaho judiciary rules, was not required to state a reason for the disqualification. However, Elgee had previously sent convicted embezzlers to prison.

    Adams, a 47-year-old Hailey resident also known as Barbara Lynn Hall, pleaded guilty to the felony crime of grand theft by embezzlement in October 2014. Her plea, as negotiated by Parnes with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, was what is referred to as an “Alford plea,” wherein a defendant can maintain their innocence and not admit guilt but acknowledge that prosecutors likely have sufficient evidence that would lead to a conviction.

    Adams was charged with grand theft by embezzlement following an investigation by the Ketchum Police Department that started in 2012. According to an investigation report, Adams was accused of writing at least 13 checks to herself, without authorization from Sun Valley Dental, totaling about $40,000 during a four-year period between 2006 and 2010.

A jury trial was started on the case in April 2014 but was aborted when Brody declared a mistrial because of new information, possibly affecting the case, that was disclosed by a state witness, a forensic accountant, while the trial was under way.

 


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