Louisiana woman charged with $19k theft


A former office assistant at a local dental office was arrested Thursday for stealing funds from her employer.

Ginger Maxwell, 36, of Benton was arrested on charges of false accounting, felony theft and computer fraud following an investigation by the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force.

Maxwell is accused of stealing cash payments received at the office. She is also accused of altering records in a way that allowed her to steal insurance payments on bogus claims from several fraudulent accounts that she had created.

Maxwell was booked into the Bossier City Jail. The total amount of money involved is more than $19,000.

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Why you need good investigators — Houma, LA woman cleared of embezzlement allegations due to lack of evidence


HOUMA — More than three years after a Houma woman was accused of stealing money from the doctor’s office where she once worked, criminal charges stemming from the allegations have been dismissed by a local judge.

Tammy Lynn Leonard, 35, 6739 West Park Ave., was accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from her boss, orthodontist Catherine Schwab. She was charged with two counts of felony theft.

Authorities said Leonard allegedly took payments from patients but failed to deposit the money into the doctor’s account.

Last week, state District Judge Johnny Walker threw out the criminal charges citing lack of evidence.

The decision was based on the fact that prosecutors were using printed financial records to prove their claims that money was missing, but were unable to produce the computer files from which the documents originated.

Defense attorney Doug Greenburg wanted to compare the documents to the original files to check for discrepancies, according to court officials.

But the computers, which became outdated, had been donated to charity. When prosecutors got them back, they discovered the files had been irreparably damaged.

Walker ruled that without the files, the charges had to be dismissed.

First District Attorney Mark Rhodes, the prosecutor who handled the case, said the outcome was an unfortunate one.

“This is part of the process necessary in learning how to prosecute computer crimes,” he said. “But it’s unfortunate for Dr. Schwab and Mrs. Leonard that the truth may never be known simply because computer-crime prosecutions are still in the early stages.”

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Louisiana Woman who Admitted she Embezzled $189,000 from Oral Surgeon’s Office Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison


A Covington woman who previously admitted that she embezzled almost $190,000 from a Metairie dentist’s office where she worked has been sentenced to serve one year and six months in federal prison, and ordered to pay back the money she stole from the company. Kelly Muller pleaded guilty in February to one count of embezzlement of health care funds.

Court records show U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval sentenced Muller last week. In addition to prison time and restitution, Muller will be placed on three years supervised release once she’s released from prison, court records show.

Muller must pay $189,588 in restitution to Oral Surgery Limited in Metairie.

According to a bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans last year, Muller worked as an office manager and bookkeeper at the Metairie dentist’s office. She is accused of embezzling the money between 2008 and 2010.

Muller must report to prison by noon on Jan. 2.

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Louisiana Office Manager Steals Identities of Thousands of Patients


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NEW ORLEANS, La. —A New Orleans woman was jailed Friday after being on the run for months.

Juana Peters was wanted for computer fraud after one dentist said thousands of patient records were compromised.

Peters is charged with two counts of computer fraud and eight counts of forgery.

On Thursday, authorities picked her up on a warrant from October 2012. The crimes she is accused of committing occurred in a dental office on Veterans Boulevard.

“The more we dig, the deeper we get.  It seems to be a huge pattern,” said Dr. Lisa Wyatt, a dentist.

Wyatt said she hired Juana Peters as an office manager and Peters worked there for four months after a recommendation from a software trainer.

“She was very knowledgeable about computers. But we didn’t put it together. The FBI had to tell us. We didn’t understand it ourselves,” said Wyatt.

Wyatt noticed money was missing, but it wasn’t until one of her patients got a call from the FBI that she realized what was happening and contacted the FBI and state police.

“They came over and we found out that a patient list had been printed up from all the patients in my office. And there was also a handwritten list in her handwriting with her daughter’s name and email at the bottom,” said Wyatt. “It had specific patients that had been targeted and every one of those patients had been a victim of identity theft.”

Wyatt said patients’ identities were used to set up credit card accounts and get fake IDs.

Authorities said they’ve linked Peters to a local identity theft ring. According to Louisiana State police, detectives were executing a search warrant in an unrelated case and found paperwork that led to an investigation and Peter’s arrest Thursday.

Wyatt sent out a letter to patients asking them to contact authorities if their identities were compromised.

She felt betrayed, she said.

“When you hurt your patients, these are people you love, care about and have a relationship with for years. For her to come in and do this to these people, it’s horrifying,” said Wyatt.

WDSU searched police records dating back nearly 20 years and found this isn’t Peters’ first brush with the law.

In 1996 she was arrested at a Dorignacs in Metairie, accused of trying to cash a stolen check. When officers picked her up, they said she had different IDs with multiple addresses and a different Social Security number.

As the investigation into the stolen identities has unfolded Wyatt said she is learning new information about Peters.

“We found out she had worked at a different doctor’s office, that she said she never worked at, but she did. And I talked to that doctor and he confirmed that she had stolen from him,” said Wyatt.

Wyatt said Peters left before Wyatt had a chance to fire her.

“She told us she had lung cancer and had to go get treatment in California and left,” said Wyatt.

The investigation is still ongoing.  Peters is being held on $840,000 bond.

Anyone with information that could help authorities in this case are urged to contact police.



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Louisiana Dental Office Employee Arrested for Embezzling $99K

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MANDEVILLE—The Mandeville Police Department arrested Katie Lykins, 33, for 210 counts of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card, 30 counts of Forgery, 1 count of Theft, 1 count of Money Laundry, 1 count of Identify Theft, and 1 count of Fraud. Lykins was hired by a local dentist office located on West Causeway Approach in September 2010 to perform the duties of office manager. Lykins duties involved preparing bank deposits, writing checks for bills, maintaining employee payroll, purchasing needed office supplies and other various duties involving the practice’s finances. In September 2015 Lykins went out on maternity leave her duties shifted to another employee who observed some suspicious account activity. Upon investigating the records the victim discovered years’ worth of theft and fraud and immediately notified police. The resulting investigation revealed Lykins had been intermittently paying her mortgage, personal electricity, health insurance, vehicle insurance, cable, and phone bills using the victim’s accounts. Lykins also fraudulently used the accounts to buy merchandise from Office Depot as well as to make Paypal and Amazon purchases. All told, over the course of the last five years Lykins has stolen in excess of $99,000.00 through the unauthorized use of credit and debit accounts as well as forged checks. Warrants were issued for the arrest of Lykins who cooperated by turning herself in to the Mandeville Police Department this morning at 8:00 am. She was booked and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Content retrieved from http://actionnews17.com/news/dental-office-employee-arrested-for-embezzling-99k-from-work-1443451
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