Lowell, MA Woman Accused of Embezzling

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LOWELL — A 41-year-old Lowell woman is facing 78 counts of theft and check forgery after she allegedly altered a bank-deposit stamp for a local dental management company and pulled out nearly $28,000.

In Lowell District Court this month, Omayra Rosario, of 58 Coburn St., pleaded innocent to 78 counts of forgery of a check, uttering of a false check and larceny.

She was released on personal recognizance. Her next court date is May 13 for a pretrial conference.

Defense attorney Christopher Spring declined to comment on behalf of his client. Rosario did not respond when a reporter knocked on the door of her Lowell home and left a business card.

Lowell police state in court documents that Lillian Desjardines, owner of Desjardines Management, formerly Community Dental Associates, reported the theft of insurance reimbursement checks last month. The theft was noticed when there was a discrepancy in her accounts.

Desjardines could not be reached for comment.

According to court documents, checks were allegedly altered and signed by Rosario, a six-year employee of the company who was hired as a receptionist in October 2003. Her responsibilities included balancing the daily receipts and assembling bank deposits.

Police allege that Rosario altered one of the company’s three bank stamps so that she could deposit checks that were sent to reimburse dentists into her own account.

While Rosario’s case is still pending, criminologist Larry Siegel, a professor of criminal justice and criminology at UMass Lowell, said in general the number of female embezzlers has remained “rock solid” for about 20 years. It is a group that isn’t impacted by the economy, he said.

“During the boom times, the female embezzler steals because they want to keep up with the Jones,” Siegel said. “During lean times, they say their husband is out of work and they hit a financial crunch.”

He said the motivation may change, but the numbers don’t.

It is a small group of people, about 5,000 per year across the U.S., he said.

Some embezzlers claim they are just “borrowing” the money with the intention of paying it back, he said.

“They aren’t stealing, they are just borrowing. This neutralizes their guilt and allows them the freedom to steal your money,” he said. “They aren’t really criminals, they just drift into crime and drift out of it.”

 

Former MA office cleaners accused of stealing cash, drugs from dentist

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PITTSFIELD — A city couple are accused of breaking into a Merrill Road dental office and stealing cash and drugs.

Shawn Chapin, 37, was a former employee of a company responsible for the cleaning of the office and knew the code for a lockbox containing the building key, according to a report authored by Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Brandon M. Gallagher.

Witnesses who were parked outside of the Aspen Dental building on the night of April 1 saw two people, later identified through a photo lineup as Chapin and Kara M. Wilson, 32, open the door with a key and enter.

Through the glass windows, witnesses were able to see the pair walk through the building and open drawers before exiting and driving off.

The witnesses, both employees of Aspen Dental, waited about 10 minutes then entered the building themselves to find drawers and lockers open, money missing from the cash drawer and the drug cabinet unlocked before contacting police.

The witnesses also provided police with the license plate number of the vehicle in which the pair left. That plate number came back as registered to Wilson.

In addition to $74 in cash, the pair allegedly stole midazolam and ketamine — both anesthetics — and dexamethasone, a type of steroid medication, police said.

A police interview with the owner of the cleaning company said Chapin used to clean the office for about six months, but was no longer working for the company.

The owner told police Chapin was only one of two people who knew the code for the lockbox containing the building key, but there was no reason for him to enter the building.

Police requested warrants for the pair and placed both under arrest Monday evening.

The pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to three counts of larceny of a drug and one count each of nighttime felony breaking and entering and larceny from a building.

Judge William Rota released them on personal recognizance and ordered them to return to court May 17 for pretrial hearings.

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Springfield, MA dental employee allegedly obtained narcotics using false prescriptions

A receptionist at a Springfield-based dental office is facing 15 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud after allegedly using a dentist’s name to fill false prescriptions.

Candice Fazio, 47, allegedly used the electronic prescription system at Moini, Witzenberger and Associates to obtain narcotics, benzodiazepine and anti-biotics from the Super Stop & Shop pharmacy in Feeding Hills.

Fazio, who pleaded not guilty at her arraignment July 9 in Westfield District Court, is accused of filling prescriptions for acetaminophen with codeine, amoxicillin, lorazepam, acetaminophen with ozycodone and acetaminophen with hydrocodone.

Dr. Mohammad Moini said Fazio had worked in his office for under a year and was no longer in his employ. He was on vacation when another employee discovered the falsified prescriptions, he said in a phone interview.

“She saw [Fazio] had written a prescription and forged my signature,” Moini said.

According to an Agawam police report, the employee who discovered the alleged fraud found numerous electronic prescriptions deleted from the practice’s computer and found that Fazio had filled them. The practice then notified police.

Police interviewed Moini, who told them he had not written any prescriptions for Fazio, according to the report. Moini called the pharmacy and told them to not fill any more prescriptions in his name, the report said.

An employee at the pharmacy told police Fazio had obtained drugs on a number of occasions, from Nov. 6 2014 to April 29 2015.

***Please note that a previous version of this article had an incorrect picture of Ms. Fazio***

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Massachusetts woman convicted of stealing from dentist has conviction partially overturned on appeal

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COMMONWEALTH
V.
JOSELYN A. GOMEZ.

NOTICE: Decisions issued by the Appeals Court pursuant to its rule 1:28 are primarily addressed to the parties and, therefore, may not fully address the facts of the case or the panel’s decisional rationale. Moreover, rule 1:28 decisions are not circulated to the entire court and, therefore, represent only the views of the panel that decided the case. A summary decision pursuant to rule 1:28, issued after February 25, 2008, may be cited for its persuasive value but, because of the limitations noted above, not as binding precedent.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER PURSUANT TO RULE 1:28

The defendant appeals from her convictions by a jury in Boston Municipal Court of six counts of larceny over $250, G. L. c. 266, § 30, and nine counts of uttering a false check, G. L. c. 267, § 5. On appeal, she asserts that (1) the Commonwealth presented insufficient evidence that the defendant forged the checks, and (2) the Commonwealth failed to prove that it was the defendant who stole the checks and presented them for payment.

The Commonwealth did not charge the defendant with forgery of a legal instrument. G. L. c. 267, § 1. The defendant’s claim of insufficiency with respect to the fraudulent endorsements is therefore directed to the forgeries as predicate acts necessary to prove the charges of larceny and uttering.

Background. We recite the relevant facts as the jury could have found them during trial. The defendant was a dental assistant at the offices of Beacon Dental from 2000 through 2011. The defendant worked closely with the dentist, Dr. Cressida Joseph, and the office manager, Brenda Allen, on a daily basis. Beginning in 2008, the defendant became the supervisor of all dental assistants, a position which required her to communicate with labs and pharmacies and to substitute for the receptionist during lunch breaks. The system for processing paperwork required the defendant to fill out routing slips containing patient information for the lab, or notes summarizing a patient’s visit. The defendant filled out roughly 3,000 routing slips per year; Dr. Joseph and Allen reviewed these on a regular basis. While covering for the receptionist during lunch breaks, the defendant had access to checks that were made payable to “Dr. Cressida Joseph, DMD.”

At some point in 2011, office staff discovered that checks endorsed with Dr. Joseph’s signature had been cashed at a nearby supermarket. Allen made inquiry to the bank on which the checks were drawn, and the bank provided her with copies of nine checks that had been endorsed and cashed. Dr. Joseph and Allen recognized the handwriting of the endorsements as that of the defendant. Dr. Joseph’s initials on the checks were similar to the manner in which the defendant signed her name on the lab forms that she routinely handled in communicating with labs on behalf of the office.

Discussion. We consider the defendant’s claims of insufficiency under the familiar standard ofCommonwealth v. Latimore, 378 Mass. 671, 676-677 (1979).

1. Endorsement. Allen, who had seen both the defendant’s and Dr. Joseph’s signatures on a near daily basis for eight years, testified that the endorsements were not executed by Dr. Joseph and that she recognized the handwriting as that of the defendant. Dr. Joseph also recognized the handwriting as that of the defendant. We are unpersuaded by the defendant’s assertion that the small sample of writing available for comparison by the witnesses or the fact that the jury were provided with neither expert testimony nor an exemplar of the defendant’s handwriting renders the evidence insufficient. We refer additionally to the evidence that the defendant had access to incoming checks and ample opportunity to endorse them. The Commonwealth was not required to eliminate every other possible suspect; the jury were entitled to infer that the defendant had forged Dr. Joseph’s endorsement on the checks.

2. Larceny. To support a conviction of larceny the Commonwealth must prove “(1) the unlawful taking and (2) carrying away (asportation) (3) of personal property of another (4) with the specific intent to deprive the person of the property permanently.” Commonwealth v. Vickers,60 Mass. App. Ct. 24, 27 (2003), citing Commonwealth v. Mills, 436 Mass. 387, 394 (2002). The Commonwealth’s evidence supported two relevant findings: (1) that the defendant forged Dr. Joseph’s signature on the checks in question, and (2) that at an unspecified later date these checks were presented for payment at a supermarket.

There has been no challenge at trial or on appeal to the judge’s recital of these elements in his use of the District Court Model Jury Instructions; the instructions themselves are not at issue in this case.

The Commonwealth’s evidence, as stated, was that the checks forged by the defendant were eventually taken to a nearby supermarket, and it points to the rational inference that the person who endorsed the checks would be the same person who carried them away. While the evidence was not overwhelming, the jury were entitled to use their everyday experience and common sense to conclude that the defendant, rather than the limited number of other individuals who had access to the checks in the office, was the person who carried them out the door. In conjunction with the evidence of forgery, the Commonwealth demonstrated both motive and opportunity sufficient to uphold the conviction for larceny under Latimore.

Uttering. To support a conviction of uttering the Commonwealth must prove that the defendant “(1) offer[ed] as genuine; (2) an instrument; (3) known to be forged; (4) with the intent to defraud.” Commonwealth v. Levin, 11 Mass. App. Ct. 482, 496-497 (1981). The evidence offered in support of these charges is the same two items of direct evidence — forgery by the defendant followed by notations indicating the checks had been cashed at a supermarket — offered in support of larceny.

It is undisputed that the checks in question were passed as genuine; however the Commonwealth presented no evidence that limited the possible number, or the identity of the person(s), who passed the checks. Evidence routinely presented in a case such as this is conspicuously lacking here. The Commonwealth produced neither witnesses from the supermarket to identify the defendant, nor any security videotape or other evidence tending to prove the defendant cashed the checks herself. See, e.g., Commonwealth v. Catania, 377 Mass. 186, 187-188 (1979), overruled on other grounds by Commonwealth v. Crocker, 384 Mass. 353, 357 (1981); Commonwealth v. O’Connell, 438 Mass. 658, 661 (2003). Indeed, there was no evidence introduced tending to show the defendant had ever patronized the supermarket in question. Equally pertinent, there was no evidence that access to the checks was restricted in any fashion once they left the confines of the dental office. Commonwealth v. Rodriguez, 456 Mass. 578, 582 (2010), quoting from Commonwealth v. Croft, 345 Mass. 143, 145 (1962) (“If a rational jury ‘necessarily would have had to employ conjecture’ in choosing among the possible inferences from the evidence presented, the evidence is insufficient to sustain the Commonwealth’s burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt”). See Commonwealth v.Chinn, 6 Mass. App. Ct. 714, 717 (1978) (evidence that defendant’s name appeared as payee on stolen checks insufficient to show that defendant knew the checks were stolen or participated in cashing them). The defendant may well have cashed these checks herself, but to conclude that she did so, the jury were required to speculate.

In light of our conclusion, we do not address the defendant’s argument that the checks were not shown to be instruments that can be “uttered.” G. L. c. 267, § 5.
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Conclusion. This case presents a combination of evidence supporting a conviction for the uncharged crime of forgery, thin but sufficient evidence for the crimes of larceny, and insufficient evidence to sustain the convictions of uttering.

The judgments on the nine counts of the complaint charging uttering are reversed, the verdicts are set aside, and judgments shall enter for the defendant on those counts. The remaining six judgments are affirmed.

So ordered.

By the Court (Grainger, Rubin & Hanlon, JJ.), Clerk Entered: October 17, 2014.

Massachusetts receptionist charged with stealing

SALEM — A former receptionist at a Salem dental office has been charged with stealing nearly $10,000 by telling patients they had to pay in cash, then pocketing the money.

During her arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court, Cindy Deleon, 26, of Revere pleaded not guilty to a charge of larceny of more than $250 by single scheme.

Prosecutor Colleen Cashman said Deleon was working for Aleris Dental on Lafayette Street, where she handled payments from customers.

 The case came to light when one patient who, like many of the others, tried to pay with a credit card was told he had to pay in cash.

But that wasn’t true — the practice accepted credit card payments.

Police and prosecutors say Deleon took the man’s payment, then, on the office computer, made an entry that he’d paid with a Visa card.

The man later realized that insurance should have covered his bill and tried to get a refund.

Salem police Detective Dennis Gaudet said in a report that Deleon had taken cash from 39 patients, for a total of $9,952.

 The police report indicates that the office had already had some concerns about Deleon, issuing her several warnings, including one for lying to a patient.

Cashman asked Judge Robert Brennan to set a $1,500 bail for Deleon, citing a history of defaults on her criminal record.

“Somewhere she’s got $10,000, and she could post bail,” Cashman told the judge.

“Allegedly,” responded Deleon’s privately hired attorney, Krista Larsen. “She stands before you with the presumption of innocence.”

Larsen went on to blame defaults in a prior Boston case on paperwork errors.

She also said Deleon, a graduate of Salem High School, was “laid off” from her job in August.

Brennan agreed to release Deleon on personal recognizance, with the condition that she stay away from her former employer.


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Massachusetts office manager charged with stealing $55,370 from East Longmeadow dentist

By Jim Russell | Special to The Republican
on March 28, 2016 at 6:00 AM, updated March 30, 2016 at 1:53 PM

PALMER – A 56-year-old Hampden woman who authorities allege stole $55,370 from an East Longmeadow dentist while working as the office manager faces five years imprisonment on each of three criminal charges, court records show.

Lisa Giroux had been scheduled to be arraigned in Palmer District Court earlier this month on embezzlement, larceny and criminal transaction by false pretense charges, but her arraignment has been rescheduled to May 10.

A state police investigation says that from 2007 to 2015, while employed by Dr. Amy St. Germain, who has a dental office in East Longmeadow, Giroux allegedly gave herself unauthorized amounts of vacation pay, falsified financial records and destroyed time cards.

The investigation says Giroux, who was terminated by St. Germain in June, “was exclusively in charge of payroll.”

The police report says St. Germain stated that due to her own medical condition, she entrusted running the office to Giroux, had known Giroux since the 1990s, and that she began working for St. Germain in 2002.

 


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Quincy MA woman pleads guilty to embezzling $378k — sentenced to 46 months in prison

Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy faces up to 51 months in prison and fines for forgery, mail fraud and wire fraud. Working as a dental office manager, she forged doctors’ names to insurance checks and deposited them to her own accounts.

Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Updated May 27, 2011 at 8:18 PM

BOSTON

For Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy, the scheme was simple.

Starting in 2006, she got jobs as an office or front desk manager for Quincy-area dental practices, forged insurance reimbursement checks with doctors’ names and deposited them to her accounts.

Now she has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nguyen, 32, was convicted late Thursday on three counts of uttering a forged security, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.

She’ll be sentenced Sept. 13. By the terms of her plea agreement she faces up to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $75,000, and restitution to the dental offices.

Prosecutors said Nguyen repeated her scheme at four local offices, going from one to another. When she also had access to the practice’s check book, she would also forge doctors’ name to those and cash or deposit them.

In at least one case Nguyen was fired when her embezzlement was discovered.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, the Norfolk and Suffolk County District Attorney’s offices and the state insurance fraud bureau.

 


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Former cancer care office manager admits embezzling $1.6 million from Massachusetts practice

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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SPRINGFIELD — The former office manager of a medical practice in Northampton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to embezzling $1.6 million from the group over five years, and shielding the lion’s share of the theft under purported supplies for cancer care.

Roxanne Tubolino, 55, of Belchertown, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, but will more likely be exposed to just over five years behind bars under advisory sentencing guidelines.

Tubolino dabbed at her eyes and admitted to the counts in a small voice. In the courtroom were her mother and Dr. Deborah Smith, the lone oncologist at the four-member Northampton Internal Medicine Associates in Florence.

“I bore the brunt of it,” Smith said after the hearing, referring to the scheme that stretched back seven years. “Most of the theft, she wrote off as supplies and medication for chemotherapy. I guess it was a good place to hide it.”

Smith said patient care did not suffer – only her bottom line did. Federal prosecutors say Tubolino was responsible for keeping the books at the office, and wrote off thousands of dollars each month to “oncology supplies” and other medical expenses. Meanwhile, she was paying off purchases on her Visa Black Card and other credit cards, according to the government.

“She wrote hundreds of checks to pay her personal credit card bills,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow said, detailing the purchases. “Cash advances, clothing stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.”

Prosecutors and Smith said she discovered the discrepancies and confronted Tubolino in 2013.

Tubolino “admitted to another physician … that she had basically been stealing” from the practice, Breslow told U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni.

After the plea hearing, Smith said she is still trying to financially pick up the pieces at the practice. She also has sued Tubolino in Hampshire Superior Court over the embezzlement, and the defendant agreed to pay restitution as part of her plea agreement.

“We’re working at it,” Smith said. “But you know … it’s not cancer.”

Tubolino’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 16.

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Former Massachusetts selectwoman avoids jail time on embezzlement charge; charged with new offences six years later

 

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Update — May 2017 — New theft charges against Ann Baldwin

ATTLEBORO – A former Mansfield selectwoman charged six years ago with stealing while employed at a Mansfield dental office, faces new allegations she stole an estimated $100,000 from a Norton dental office.

Ann M. Baldwin, 43, of 56 Benefit St. in Mansfield, pleaded innocent Friday in Attleboro District Court to felony charges of larceny and improper use of a credit card.

The charges are related to alleged thefts from Norton Dental Associates at 190 East Main St., in Norton, where Baldwin worked part-time from 2013 until July 2015, when she was fired, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Tafe said Baldwin is accused of using a portion of the stolen funds to pay for a vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in July 2014.

Baldwin and four other guests stayed at the Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort for a week, according to court records.

The resort boasts of being one of the largest Myrtle Beach hotels, with various amenities, including six indoor and outdoor pools, three indoor and outdoor lazy rivers, Jacuzzi hot tubs and kiddie pools, according to its website.

Myrtle Beach is a major golf, spring break and vacation destination.

The estimated loss from the alleged thefts was provided to police by Dr. Stanley McMorrow, but the exact amount has not yet been determined, according to court records.

Baldwin was a Mansfield selectwoman in January 2010 when she was charged with stealing more than $47,000 from Pediatric Dental Care in Mansfield and improperly receiving unemployment payments.

She later admitted police had sufficient facts to find her guilty of the larceny charge. Charges related to the unemployment payments were dismissed.

Baldwin was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution, and the case was later dismissed.

Her lawyer at the time called the charges politically motivated. Baldwin served as a selectwoman from 2006 to May 2010.


Ann Baldwin admitted sufficient facts for a finding of guilty Friday in Attleboro District Court to a charge of larceny over $250 in the alleged theft from Pediatric Dental Care of Mansfield.

The charge was continued without a finding for three years and Baldwin was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.

Two other charges involving the improper receipt of unemployment payments were dismissed, Baldwin’s lawyer Glen Hannigan said.

Hannigan said he believes the charges filed against his client were “politically motivated.” He said that the case should have been tried in a civil rather than a criminal court.

The Boston lawyer said his client feels “vindicated” by the judge’s decision to dismiss the two other charges.

Baldwin will remain on administrative probation until 2013.

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Theft charge for Baldwin

Ann Baldwin campaigns in the Mansfield High School parking lot in 2007. (Staff file photo by Tom Maguire)

Selectmen Chairwoman Ann Baldwin is facing allegations she embezzled more than $47,500 from a former employer and submitted false claims to the state unemployment office.

Baldwin, 37, is accused of embezzling an estimated $47,576 from Pediatric Dental Center of Mansfield over four years, beginning in December 2005 when she was hired as the business’s part-time office manager, according to a state police report by Trooper Chad W. Laliberte.

The report, dated Jan. 7, alleges Baldwin was able to embezzle the large sum of money from the South Main Street business by overstating her hours on various dates between 2005 and 2009.

Baldwin has countered the embezzlement accusations, claiming she could not have inflated her hours because she was a salaried employee, according to the report.

Authorities have also accused Baldwin of fraudulently receiving close to $2,700 in unemployment checks, claiming she underreported the number of hours she worked as a part-time employee to the state unemployment office between 2005 and 2006.

According to the police report, the dental practice’s owner, Robert Moreau, and his wife, Susan, contacted Mansfield police in May 2009 to report Baldwin’s alleged crime. The case was referred to the state Attorney General’s Office, who then referred it to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

Moreau was formally interviewed by investigators back in September 2009.

According to the report, in the interview with investigators, Moreau said he terminated Baldwin from her position as team manager in April 2009 after discovering financial improprieties in his dental practice’s financial records.

Moreau told investigators he had hired Baldwin in December 2005 as a two-day-a-week hourly employee who worked 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Additionally, Moreau said he authorized Baldwin to come in on the days the office was closed to return patient calls and do other tasks, but for no more than two to three hours per day, the report stated.

By 2007, Moreau said Baldwin was still a part-time employee. However, Moreau’s business’s clientele had expanded, so Baldwin’s hours were increased so that she worked Monday through Thursday 8.a.m. to 5 p.m.

In November 2007, Baldwin asked to begin leaving work at 4 p.m. on workdays instead of at 5 p.m., making her pay for only seven hours, rather than eight, according to police reports.

The dental practice’s payroll processing company, HR Knowledge, initially tipped off Moreau about the business’s accounts being askew, according to the police report.

His curiosity further irked by the fact that his business’s profit margin was quite low despite his expanded client base, Moreau began to examine his business’s financial records in April 2009, the police report stated.

Moreau soon discovered the first of several financial irregularities. After looking over his business credit card statements, he found that Baldwin had been using business credit cards in an unauthorized manner, according to the police report.

According to Moreau, Baldwin allegedly used the company’s credit card to pay the practice’s bills instead of paying bills by check from the business operations account.

Moreau’s practice allegedly accumulated thousands of dollars in late fees due to Baldwin paying bills late or not at all.

After doing further research with his wife, Moreau compared the money Baldwin had been paid over her years of employment with the total hours she worked per pay period and the actual days the office was open, and soon determined Baldwin had been inflating her hours, either by working more than she was authorized or more than she could have possibly worked during a specific pay period, the report stated.

According to the police report, the Moreaus stated they believed Baldwin failed to pay bills out of fear her inflated payroll was not leaving sufficient balances in the business’s operations account each month to cover the dental practice’s bills and business expenses, and that her “scheme” would be discovered.

In the report, Moreau also stated the business’s petty cash box was depleted and replenished “quite often” with no receipts of explanations as to where the money was spent.

Moreau also stated he gave Baldwin a signature stamp for company checks, allowing her to make checks payable to anyone, including herself, without Moreau’s knowledge.

Baldwin was interviewed by State Troopers Eric Benson and Laliberte on Dec. 1, 2009.

In the audio-recorded interview, Baldwin allegedly admitted to stealing an estimated $5,300 by making out checks to herself on several occasions, but said she had attempted to pay back the sum by sending a series of checks, totaling $4,700, to the dental practice after her termination, the police report stated. She said she had paid back only $4,700 because she had filled out a check for an estimated $600, but had never deposited the check, which she revealed was still in her vehicle.

Authorities later obtained this check, in the amount of $853, on Jan. 7 when a search warrant was executed at her Union Street home.

Baldwin allegedly told investigators she stole the money because she was behind on her mortgage payments and had attempted to apply for a mortgage consolidation loan in November 2008 using an Internet loan company, but was unsuccessful in obtaining the loan, the report stated.

Two unexplained charges on the dental practice’s corporate credit card to PersonalCreditServices.com in November 2008 support this claim, according to the police report.

During her December 2009 interview with police, Baldwin told authorities she had documents on her home computer supporting her claim she was a salaried employee, but said her computer’s hard drive had crashed.

She was able to recover one e-mail from her computer, which she forwarded to investigators.

In the Aug. 11, 2005 e-mail correspondence, Moreau stated Baldwin’s position could become salaried “as the time passes and the money flows,” but does not concretely confirm Baldwin’s contention that she was ever formally made a salaried employee.

Moreau has denied telling Baldwin she was on a salary at any time.

Baldwin’s computer was seized by police investigators Jan. 6 so it could be analyzed for evidence.

Baldwin currently faces two felony larceny charges and one count of felony unemployment assistance fraud, according to Gregg Miliote, director of communications for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.

If convicted, Baldwin faces up to five years in prison for each count and fines of up to $25,000.

Baldwin was elected to the board of selectmen in September 2006. She was named chairman of the board in January 2009. Her term expires this spring.

Baldwin’s attorney, Glen Hannington of Boston, said his client has not said she would resign from her position on the board of selectmen.

“She has no intentions of stepping down at this time,” Hannington said Wednesday.

In addition, Hannington said Baldwin will enter a not guilty plea at her arraignment next Friday.

She will be arraigned Jan. 22 in Attleboro District Court.

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