Georgia woman receives five year sentence for embezzling $1.2 million from surgical office

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The former office manager of a Houston County surgical practice was sentenced Friday to serve five years in prison for wire fraud in a case that involved her embezzling more than $1 million from that medical office.

Maria Elizabeth Trenam, 53, who was the office manager for Surgical Associates of Warner Robins, was arrested in August 2015.

Trenam, who has since moved to north Georgia, embezzled an estimated $1.18 million dating back to 2011 when she became the office manager, authorities have said.

She pleaded guilty in July.

A federal judge in Macon on Friday ordered her to pay that same amount in restitution.

A statement on the sentencing from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Macon said Trenam will also have to forfeit “certain property obtained through the fraud, including a bank account, a house, an automobile, and a diamond ring.”

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The former office manager of a Warner Robins surgical practice was indicted Wednesday on charges that she embezzled more than $1.2 million from her former employer.

Maria Elizabeth Trenam is accused of embezzling the money from Surgical Associates of Warner Robins from March 31, 2011 to Aug. 11, 2015, according to the federal indictment.

As the officer manager, Trenam had access to banking and financial records of the business, could write checks on business accounts and had access to signature stamps of the doctors, according to the indictment. She also had a business credit card and handled the payroll for employees.

“The doctors trusted (Trenam) to the extent that there was little oversight of her activities as the officer manager,” the indictment said.

Trenam is accused of using her position to make unauthorized cash withdrawals at ATMs using the business credit card assigned to her, of writing unauthorized checks to herself on business accounts using the signature stamps of the doctors and of increasing her salary without authorization.

Trenam also is accused of using the business credit card to make unauthorized purchases and for travel and entertainment.

The alleged unauthorized purchases with the business credit card ranged from the Apple online store and hotel rentals, including from one in Las Vegas, to purchases at a Kroger in Warner Robins. A $600 cash withdrawal with the business card also was among the alleged transactions outlined in the indictment.

In addition, a forfeiture notice was filed in federal court for any property owned by Trenam that may have been obtained with embezzled money.

She initially was arrested on a charge of fiduciary theft in connection with the embezzlement following an extensive investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI also became involved because some of the transactions occurred across state lines, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland. The case was later turned over to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

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OK Woman to Serve 20 Months in Prison and Pay Nearly $840,000 for Embezzlement and Filing a False Tax Return

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A Snyder woman will be spending 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling over $600,000 from her employer.

Sandra Johnson worked as an office manager for a pediatrician in Lawton.

One of her responsibilities was to deposit checks from insurance companies to pay for medical services.

Instead, investigators say Johnson would cash many of these checks for herself.

She pled guilty last May. She was ordered to repay the money she stole from the pediatrician, as well as nearly $200,000 to the IRS for filing a false tax return. She was also sentenced to probation and community service.

In an unrelated case, Kristal Leann Lucas, 39, of Frederick pleaded guilty to stealing more than $62,000 from the First National Bank of Frederick.  She worked as a teller from 2007 til 2010. Investigators say she created false deposit tickets to cover her crimes.

The judge ordered her to spend six months in prison, plus six months under house arrest, and three years on probation following her release, as well as community service, and repaying the money she stole.

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An equal opportunity thief — Florida woman accused of embezzling from both medical clinic and dental office

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Vickie Stetson, 37, of Jupiter was charged with embezzling $99,245 from a Boca Raton plastic surgeon’s office where she worked as a patient coordinator for two years. She told police that she also stole $3,153 from her next employer, a dental clinic in Boca Raton, according to court records.

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Probably an all-time record for a medical clinic — Florida CFO steals $6 million from cancer center — sentenced to three years

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A woman who committed perhaps the single biggest embezzlement ever in Palm Beach County $6.06 million was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two first-degree felonies Friday.

Linda Corra, 49, of Boca Raton will begin serving the sentence on June 29, followed by 10 years’ probation.

She will remain free on bond until then. If she’s a no-show, her prison sentence will increase to 10 years.

Assistant State Attorney Preston Mighdoll said the amount stolen is the most he has seen in 14 years of prosecuting economic crimes in the county. “It certainly was shocking when the case first came to us,” he said. “It’s astonishing.”

Corra worked as a bookkeeper for about 12 years at the Center for Hematology in Boca Raton.

She had the group of five doctors sign checks that she deposited into her personal bank accounts. She then withdrew money from those accounts and deposited it with other financial institutions. She also bought homes and a boat.

“According to Corra, the doctors had no idea of what they were signing and just trusted her to do the right thing,” Boca Raton police Detective Robert Flechaus wrote in an affidavit in support of her arrest.

Newly married at the time, Corra needed little more than a year to steal such a staggering sum.

Her scheme was exposed after she quit her job in April 2006 and her successor audited the practice’s business accounts.

When questioned by police, Corra admitted what she had done and pledged her cooperation.

She initially was charged with 20 felony counts of grand theft and money laundering. She pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of grand theft of more than $100,000.

Corra’s case is unusual not only for the amount stolen but for the money recovered. Investigators recouped nearly $4.5 million, and Corra will have to make restitution for most of the rest when she gets out of prison. In that respect, her former employer is lucky.

A survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners last year found that about 42 percent of embezzlement victims got back nothing, and 23 percent recouped less than one-quarter of what was stolen.

Corra does not fit the profile of most embezzlers, and that was why so much of the stolen money was recovered.

She had no known addictions or compulsions such as gambling or drug addiction. She didn’t go on wild shopping sprees.

“She appears to have gone through some things in her life that … impacted her sense of security and sense of self-esteem,” said Michael Dutko, Corra’s attorney. “This appears to have been a means to compensate for that. She’s a very nice, kind, generous woman, but became somewhat vulnerable due to some life circumstances.”

Corra saved or invested much of the money she stole. But she also sold her Highland Beach condo and used some of the stolen money for a down payment on her $1.5 million Boca Raton home.

She also bought two Boynton Beach townhouses and a 38-foot boat, and spent $520 a month to lease a Lexus.

She was in the process of buying another townhouse in Hypoluxo and land in North Carolina when she got caught, police said.

Corra has quitclaimed her three-bedroom, three-bath waterfront home to the physicians group.

It’s on the market for nearly $1.7 million.

Once sold, it should provide most of the restitution she agreed to pay.

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Las Vegas medical clinic manager pleads guilty to embezzling $1.3 million. Guess what — gambling problem

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The administrator of two Las Vegas surgery centers pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to embezzling $1.3 million from physicians who invested in the clinics.

Robert Barnes, 50, who ran the Surgery Centers of Southern Nevada and other entities for the physicians, pleaded guilty to one felony count of embezzlement in connection with health care.

He remains free and has agreed to pay restitution to the clinics. His sentencing is Sept. 1.

According to his plea agreement, Barnes gambled away $515,000 in casino cash advances he obtained with company credit cards. He also bought a $38,000 diamond ring with company credit cards and spent another $45,000 on personal travel and entertainment.

 The $1.3 million was stolen from the clinics between 2010 and 2013, the indictment alleges.

The clinics, one on West Twain Avenue and another on Burnham Avenue, began to struggle financially in 2010, the indictment states.

“Vendor payments, including rent, were long overdue and physician-investors ceased receiving distributions on their investments, despite the fact that SCSN continued to receive reimbursements from the various public and private insurance companies whose beneficiaries had procedures there,” according to the indictment.

Eventually, the clinics filed for bankruptcy, the indictment states.

Barnes has agreed to provide the government with an accurate account of his finances and forfeit a long list of women’s jewelry, including rings, watches, bracelets and earrings he admitted buying with embezzled money.


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New Jersey Medical Office Receptionist Pleads Guilty to $446k Embezzlement, Credit Card Fraud, and Tax Evasion

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NEWARK, NJ-A receptionist previously employed by a medical office in Kearny, New Jersey, today admitted embezzling more than $446,000 from her former employer, using fraudulent credit cards to obtain more than $200,000 in goods and services and evading taxes on that illegal income, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Gwendolyn Muller, 53, formerly of Kearny, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging one count each of embezzlement, credit card fraud and tax evasion.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From 2007 through 2011, Muller used her position at the medical practice to take, cash, and conceal more than $446,000 in checks paid by insurance companies to the medical practice for services to patients. At various times during this same period, Muller also fraudulently obtained 10 credit cards in the name of a principal of the medical practice and used those cards to charge more than $218,000 in goods and services-a portion of which Muller paid for with embezzled funds. Muller also admitted to filing a false tax return to evade the payment of taxes on this illegally obtained income.

The embezzlement and credit card counts to which Muller pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison, and the tax count carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison. All three counts are also punishable by a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross loss or gain caused by the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2015. Under terms of the plea agreement, Muller is required to forfeit $556,000 to the United States.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, and IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Leven of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark.

U.S. Attorney Fishman reorganized the health care fraud practice at the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office shortly after taking office, including creating a stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit to handle both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud offenses. Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $540 million in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.


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Office manager pleads guilty to stealing more than $580,000 from Birmingham surgical practice

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The medical office manager federally indicted for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Anntwine Moss, 49, of Bessemer pleaded guilty to charges that she stole at least $580,000 from Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery of Alabama, reports U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. She entered her plea before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to five counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion for stealing from the Birmingham surgical practice between 2006 and 2013.

Sentencing is scheduled June 9.

According to the indictment and Moss’ plea agreement with the government, she executed a scheme to defraud the surgical practice by using her authority as office manager to write unauthorized checks to herself, make unauthorized direct deposits into her account, and use the company’s credit cards for unauthorized personal purchases. As office manager, Moss had authority over several key functions, including payroll, accounting, bookkeeping and managing the office’s budget.

She admitted to falsifying her personal tax returns for several years by not reporting the stolen money amounts to the IRS.

The maximum penalty for each wire fraud count is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each tax evasion count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The FBI and IRS investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Xavier O. Carter Sr. is prosecuting.

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Wilton, NY woman accused of stealing over $800K from medical clinic

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obenhoffA Wilton woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from a local medical practice where she was employed.

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Wilton woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from a local medical practice where she was employed.

Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery is housed on the second floor of the Executive Woods building. Colonie police said Debra Obenhoff, 44, used her position as manager to steal nearly $1 million from the business over three years.

The alleged embezzlement took place between 2008 and 2011.

“We conducted our investigation and were able to bring the charges against her for the embezzlement of well over $800,000,” Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn said.

The total amount was $871,727.94, according to police.

Obenhoff is accused of stealing the money by writing checks to a business she owns in Saratoga.

“That does appear to be where this money was going,” Lt. Winn said. “She was writing checks to that business.”

Police said she also made electronic payments to her credit card, gave herself a bonus, and paid for unauthorized health insurance.

“Other money went toward credit card bills, student loans,” Lt. Winn said. “There was a variety of different things. A bonus that she paid to herself; healthcare that she was receiving.”

Police received a tip about the embezzlement about two weeks ago. Obenhoff turned herself in Wednesday night accompanied by her attorney. She was then arraigned and released on probation supervision.

The owner of Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery did not want to comment.

Obenhoff is facing one count of Grand Larceny and could spend up to six years in jail for the crime.


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Holy Moley — South Carolina embezzles $1.9 million from Irmo medical office

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Chandra Padgett, 46, an office manager and bookkeeper for Advanced pain Therapies (APT) in Irmo, was sentenced for her conviction on charges of wire fraud and tax evasion, according to the U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles.

Prosecutors said Padgett set up a shell company named PSS (Padgett Specialty Scrapbooking Services), which was shared with APT’s primary vendor and allowed her to send APT bogus invoices for payment.

Padgett created checks made payable to her company and deposited them into an account for which she had primary control between June 2008 and December 2010, according to Nettles. Padgett also made payments to her personal credit cards using APT funds and wrote unauthorized checks to family members for personal expenses.

Nettles said Padgett also used her position as bookkeeper and office manager to increase her own salary without her employer’s authorization or knowledge.

According to a forensic accounting performed by APT, Padgett stole approximately $1,941,455.96 from APT, Nettles said.

“Facts presented during the sentencing hearing indicated that Padgett used the stolen money to finance an extravagant wedding and a lifestyle filled with expensive vacations, gifts and even an expensive New York apartment,” Nettles said.

Padgett has been ordered to pay restitution to her employer and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to Nettles.


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Doctors Embezzle Too — Stockton CA Doctor Accused Of Embezzling More Than $500,000 From Former Boss

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elvira milano2Instead of looking through a microscope at tissue samples, Dr. Elvira Milano was looking at a judge in handcuffs on Friday, accused of stealing more than $500,000 from her former boss.

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STOCkTON (CBS13) — A Stockton doctor is accused of embezzling more than a half a million dollars.

Instead of looking through a microscope at tissue samples, Dr. Elvira Milano was looking at a judge in handcuffs on Friday, accused of stealing more than $500,000 from her former boss.

“What we have to show is that the money was entrusted to her, the control of it was, that she took it without permission,” said San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor.

The prosecution says she was in charge of the finances at Delta Pathology Associates from 2007 to 2012.

“Embezzlement cases are usually just paper, between the CPA, the employer. There’s not much else,” Taylor said.

The paper trail, he says, indicates Milano’s salary for 2011 was $226,000, but the chief financial officer allegedly paid herself an additional $432,000.

Prosecutors say embezzlement accusations against middle-aged women like Milano happens more often than you’d think.

“Most of the defendants charged with these crimes, have no criminal history, have lead a relatively blameless life, all of them have children, teenager, people in college,” Taylor said.

Milano still does contract work for Lodi Memorial Hospital examining tissue samples for disease, but prosecutors say if convicted, the only cell she’ll be looking at is one located in a state prison.

According to court documents, Milano spent at least $40,000 paying her federal and state income tax.

She’s out on bail.

CBS13 reached out to her former employer, but Delta Pathology representatives did not want to comment.


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