KY’s Denise Dempsey Pleads Guilty

Denise Dempsey

Referring to Prosperident’s Wendy Askins as a “living legend” is not much of a stretch. She leads all Prosperident investigators in convictions and dollar amount of embezzlement identified in her storied career, and she has mentored many of Prosperident’s capable investigators. And there has just been another notch added to Wendy’s belt.

Denise Dempsey (who sometimes goes by “Verlie Dempsey” of Harold, KY, has pled guilty to embezzling from the dental practice where she worked. She has paid some restitution, but according to court records still owes approximately $244,000.

She was initially indicted on a charge of “theft by failure to make the required disposition of property,” but pled guilty to a reduced felony charge.

As her sentence does not appear to include jail time, there is a possibility that Denise is looking for work in dentistry. We remind readers to perform a proper background check, including a criminal records check and speaking with former employers, before making a hiring decision.

While we feel bad for the victim, who is a very kind and caring dentist, we are proud of Wendy for helping the victim achieve justice.

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Former University of Kentucky Dean Suing UK; Alleges University Inaction When He Reported Embezzlement


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A University of Kentucky dean who was removed after UK settled a contentious lawsuit filed by one of his underlings has now sued the school himself, accusing officials of retaliating against him for reporting problems at the College of Dentistry, such as the theft of gold dental crowns.

Late last year, UK settled a lawsuit with Raynor Mullins, a long-time dental professor who accused Kyrkanides of firing him after he criticized Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to Medicaid. UK paid Mullins more than $620,000 and gave him a new position. A few weeks later, UK announced that Kyrkanides was out as dean, but would return as a tenured faculty member after a one-year sabbatical. UK did not give a reason for the demotion at the time.

Kyrkanides’ lawsuit, filed in federal court, doesn’t mention the Mullins case. Instead, the lawsuit cites numerous other problems that the dean allegedly uncovered. They include:

▪ A departmental deficit of almost $2 million because clinical faculty were being paid salary supplements based on gross revenue from clinical services, not net revenue. The lawsuit alleges Provost David Blackwell and other officials did nothing to address the dean’s concerns.

▪ Last summer, the lawsuit says, Kyrkanides forwarded to Blackwell allegations that College of Dentistry employees were stealing gold crowns and selling them, or converting them to gold coins. An internal investigation confirmed the theft, the lawsuit says, but the provost’s office did not address it.

Kyrkanides also contends he was retaliated against because he supported a group of minority students who said some faculty members discriminated against them. The lawsuit says Kyrkanides also filed a complaint with the UK Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity against Blackwell for harassment.

In a statement, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the allegations are without merit.

“Provost David Blackwell removed Professor Kyrkanides from the administrative position of dean for poor performance,” Blanton said in a statement. “The university has addressed, or is addressing, all of the issues raised in his complaint, which Professor Kyrkanides failed to resolve himself when he was serving as dean.”

Citing a state whistleblower protection law, Kyrkanides’ lawsuit demands that he be reinstated as dean and get $7.5 million for humiliation, and a further $10 million in punitive damages.

H. Wayne Roberts, a Lexington attorney representing Kyrkanides, said the case has nothing to do with the Mullins settlement.

“I think the complaint states facts, not allegations, to support the whistleblower allegation,” Roberts said. “His accomplishments as a dean are awesome, the university demoting him to faculty is inexcusable. The university will be hard pressed to come up with non-retaliatory reasons for their actions.”

UK faculty has sued UK and a Bevin administration official for what he calls retaliation for criticizing the governor’s Medicaid waiver proposal.

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Woman at Center of U of Louisville Basketball Scandal Arrested for Stealing Checks from A Dentist


Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed escort queen at the center of a scandal involving University of Louisville basketball recruits, was ordered Thursday to pay restitution and serve two years of diversion after pleading guilty to theft and forgery charges.

Powell pleaded guilty Oct. 26 to criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception using cold checks, according to online court records.

Powell, 45, was arrested in May and accused of stealing checks from a man in April and attempting to cash three of them at a liquor store, according to an arrest citation. The checks totaled $2,900.

Thomas Tyre, a Louisville-area dentist, was listed as the victim on the arrest citation. Tyre told the Courier Journal in May that he and Powell were close for several months.

According to court records, Powell must pay Tyre $2,900 in restitution and complete diversion. Fulfilling those requirements would allow Powell to have her case dismissed and expunged from her record.

Powell’s arrest in May came after a judge ordered her to vacate her Louisville home. That eviction stemmed from an incident in which Powell’s daughter allegedly pointed a handgun at a man outside Powell’s house, according to the past arrest citation.

Powell also has a pending case stemming from a theft in January of $32.12 worth of merchandise from the Walmart at 175 Outer Loop, according to online court records.

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Former KY Bookkeeper Faces More Charges in Dental Office Theft

blankA bookkeeper accused of taking more than $17,000 from a local dentist office faces additional charges.
Jennifer Rose Priddy, 30, of Elizabethtown, a former employee of Dr. Douglas L. Baumgardner, was indicted by a LaRue County grand jury in January on one count of theft by unlawful taking.
Aaron Gabhart, a detective with Kentucky State Police, was given the opportunity in September 2009 to testify about the circumstances leading to the charge. In the preliminary hearing, he said an investigation uncovered several instances of deposit slips not matching daily receipts, discounts manually entered on a computerized bookkeeping system when cash receipts were involved and funds transferred between patient accounts without sufficient documentation. The inaccuracies, dating from March 2005 through June 2008, were discovered when “a large number of unprocessed claims” surfaced and the accounts were reviewed, according to Gabhart. According to court records, about $50,000 had not been billed through accounts receivable and a total of $17,032.42 was unaccounted for through deposit records. Gabhart said two employees were working at the dental office during the time and Priddy was the only one with access to the bookkeeping system and responsible for bank deposits. On July 19, a grand jury heard additional evidence and charged Priddy with theft by deception, over $300, and complicity. She is accused of acting alone or in concert with Eric D. Bradley, 23, of unlawfully obtaining property or services of another “by creating or reinforcing a false impression.” Bradley, of Eastview, was indicted on the same charges. Court documents indicate that Bradley – a relative of Priddy’s – was a patient of Baumgardner’s. Bradley is accused of not paying for dental services valued at more than $500. Priddy is accused of diverting payments from other patients’ accounts to cover Bradley’s bill. Priddy’s bond is set at $9,500 unsecured on condition that she have no contact with the dental office or Bradley. Bradley’s bond is $5,000 cash only on condition that he have no contact with the alleged victim or Priddy. They were arraigned Monday in LaRue Circuit Court.
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Laurel KY dental employees charged with writing fake prescriptions

blankblank Ashley Coffey                                                                                Katrina Dixon LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Laurel County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested two people on Monday afternoon following an investigation into forged prescriptions. Katrina Dixon and Ashley Coffey are both charged with unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says the two worked for a local dentist. According to detectives, Dixon and Coffey were calling in forged prescriptions on dental patients without their knowledge, and then obtaining the prescriptions for themselves. Police say Dixon unlawfully obtained 14 Hydrocodone pills from a pharmacy in another person’s name, and Coffey unlawfully obtained a total of 57 Hydrocodone pills on four separate occasions. “I want to emphasis that this is an on going investigation and that more charges could be coming,” said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. We’re told Dixon and Coffey worked at a dental office in East Bernstadt. We contacted the office where workers told us they had no comment at this time. We also attempted to get Dixon and Coffey’s side of the story from jail, but they did not want to talk. Content retrieved from http://w
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The two women who called in false prescriptions from the dental office where they worked will now face a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court next week. Katrina Dixon, age 35, of MJB Drive and Ashley Coffey, age 25, of Patton Road, both of London, were arrested on Monday afternoon for allegedly calling in forged prescriptions on dental patients, then picking up the prescriptions for themselves. On Tuesday, the continuing investigation by Laurel Sheriff’s Detectives Jason Back and Brad Mitchell resulted in more charges added to the two women.

 Dixon is now charged with 10 separate counts and Patton faces eight charges of unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance. Both were held under a $1,000 cash bond. Jail records indicate that both women were released on bond on Tuesday evening.

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University of Louisville Professor found dead after being questioned by police about missing funds


University of Louisville dental professor Michael H. Martin’s was found dead in his office hours after he was interviewed by university police for allegedly misusing a university credit card.

The credit card was for a $353,875 grant that Martin directed that was funded by the National Institutes of Health, according to university records.

Hebert said Friday that two School of Dentistry employees — Joan Scott, the unit business manager, and Gary Dryden, the assistant dean for finance — were suspended without pay in connection with that investigation.

Scott was suspended for three days, and Dryden for five, Hebert said, but he described both as “good employees.”

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Kentucky woman embezzles $250k; sentenced to 18 months


FLORENCE, Ky. – A Florence, Ky. woman was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for stealing more than $250,000 from her employer and identity fraud.

According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Sandra Baker, 37, opened a credit card in the name of the dentist’s office in Florence where she worked. She used the card for more than four years before she was caught.

Baker worked as an administrative assistant at the office.

Under federal law, Baker must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence.

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Kentucky Woman Stole Money From Dentist; Illegally Obtained Drugs

Elsie_Lamb-2 LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police say a woman stole money and illegally obtained prescription narcotics from the dentist office she worked for last year. Investigators say 32-year old Elsie Leighanne Lamb, of Lexington, falsely endorsed 34 checks that were addressed to the dentist she worked for and deposited them into her personal account, totaling more than $15,000. Investigators say to carry out the crime, Lamb over-billed and submitted false or inflated claims to insurance providers. They say she then altered or deleted payment information associated with the claims to conceal the embezzlement. Lamb is also charged with using a DEA number assigned to the dentist to obtain controlled substances for herself. Investigators say she phoned-in false prescription orders from the dentist’s office. Police say Lamb worked in the office from February to December 2015. Among her duties were coordinating patient payments and accounts billable and filing insurance claims for the business, according to investigators. Lexington Police, in coordination with the Kentucky Department of Insurance, arrested Lamb on Thursday, April 7. Police say she is charged with:
  • -Att/Obtain a Prescription Controlled Substance by Fraud (2 counts)
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree (34 counts)
  • Theft by Deception Over $10,000 (1 count)
  • Tampering with Physical Evidence (1 count)
  • Fraudulent Insurance Acts Over $10,000 (1 count)
  • Unlawful Access to a Computer 1st degree (1 count)

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