Former University of Louisville official charged with stealing $2.8 million

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.

The former executive director of University of Louisville’s Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine was indicted Wednesday, accused of stealing $2.8 million in patient payments and other funds and failing to report $2.4 million in income.

A federal grand jury in Louisville also charged Perry Chadwick Vaughn, 36, with money laundering for allegedly trying to disguise the thefts by using the money to buy or lease nine luxury vehicles and pay for real estate, luxury vacations and a $9,000 necklace.

Vaughn, who lives in Sellersburg, Ind., was arraigned on the seven-count indictment charging him with theft and bribery in programs that receive federal funds, money laundering, mail fraud, and filing false federal income tax returns.

He had been accused of some of the offenses in a civil complaint filed last September.

The Courier-Journal reported that Vaughn wore expensive clothes, flew his family to the Caribbean and drove a fleet of luxury cars, including two Mercedes-Benzes, a Range Rover, a Corvette and an Infiniti, but that it wasn’t until October 2012 that a co-worker emailed U of L auditors questioning how Vaughn could be living so luxuriously on a $105,000 annual salary as administrator of the family medicine department and manager of affiliated private practice groups.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hale said Vaughn, in a scheme that lasted nearly six years, allegedly diverted checks and patient payments, then withdrew $2,809,489 for his personal use.

Vaughn pleaded not guilty and a trial date has been set for June 3. If convicted, he faces up to 55 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1.25 million. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin released Vaughn on a $25,000 unsecured bond. His lawyer, Rob Eggert, could not be reached for comment.

As the department’s top administrator, Vaughn was responsible for all business and accounting functions, including payroll, budgeting, tax reporting, accounts receivable, accounts payable and bank reconciliations.

The grand jury charged that Vaughn diverted money from the department to the practice groups, then withdrew it for himself. He also is alleged to have made a number of misrepresentations to U of L Audit Services by transferring funds between bank accounts to conceal his theft and by providing false bank statements to the private practice groups.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Calhoun and was investigated by the U of L Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The university, where Vaughn initially began work as an accountant, said in September that it had fired Vaughn.

The newspaper reported then that he was one of at least six university employees accused during the previous five years of stealing the school’s money or grant funds under its control.

Gary Mans, a spokesman for the health sciences campus, said the school “has solid internal controls in place to guard against the misuse of university funds,” but that it’s “up to employees and their supervisors to follow those policies and procedures.”

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Laurel KY dental employees charged with writing fake prescriptions

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.

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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.

They were arraigned in Laurel District Court on Wednesday morning. Since their charges are felony offenses, the cases cannot be tried at the district court level and the two are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

 Those charged with felony offenses have two choices: (a) waive their right to a hearing and have the case presented before a grand jury, or (b) hold a hearing to determine if a felony offense has been committed. A preliminary hearing involves presentation of testimony by a law enforcement official and/or witnesses, then allows defense attorneys to question specific information involved in the case or the individual. After the hearing, the district judge hearing the case determines whether the evidence presented during the hearing is sufficient to decide ‘probable cause’ that a felony offense was committed. If probable cause is found, the case is then presented before the members of the grand jury which can then either dismiss or continue the case or return an indictment against the individual(s) involved in the case.

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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


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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