Content retrieved from https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2026&dat=20070406&id=_V8zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PfAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2739,786761&hl=en Ms. Doughty’s husband was also charged with money laundering — see related story here — https://www.prosperident.com/2016/08/26/husband-bookkeeper-accused-laundering/
MIDLAND, MI — A Midland woman apologized Thursday, Oct. 18, for her involvement in an embezzlement scheme that stole nearly $1 million from the Midland dentist office where she worked. “What I did is inexcusable,” said Stephanie K. Cieslinski, moments before a judge ordered her to serve at least three years in prison for the crime. Cieslinski pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000, although prosecutors allege the actual amount stolen from Midland Dentist Dr. Michael T. Smith over a period of years was close to $1 million. She also pleaded guilty in August to a count of embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000. Her husband, a former Bay County Jail corrections officer, also faces charges in the case.
______________________ MIDLAND (WWJ/AP) – A Midland man who authorities say helped his wife embezzle from her dentist employer her has been sentenced to pay nearly $1 million in restitution. Kenneth Cieslinski, 55, appeared recently before a Midland County Circuit Court judge, where he was ordered to repay $998,000 and be on probation for five years. Cieslinski previously pleaded no contest to receiving and concealing property valued between $1,000 and $20,000, and receiving and concealing property valued between $200 and $1,000. Two counts of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 were dismissed. Cieslinski declined to speak during the hearing. Defense lawyer Eric E. Proschek said the situation has been “hard for everybody.” Last year, Cieslinski’s 55-year-old wife Stephanie was ordered to serve at least three years in prison for stealing from the Midland dentist’s office of Dr. Michael Smith, where she was employed for 10 years as an office manager. Over the course of her employment, prosecutors say Stephanie Cieslinski collected checks written to Smith, used his signature stamp to endorse them and followed by endorsing the checks with her own name. She would then deposit the checks into her husband’s credit union account. The money, which amounted to nearly $1 million over a decade, was spent on vacations, college tuition, new cars, a Harley-Davidson, a $35,000 wedding, jewelry and more, The Midland Daily News reported.Detectives were investigating the couple for over a year and a half before charges were sought. Stephanie Cieslinski, who was also ordered to pay $715,000 in restitution, is currently appealing her case, according to court records. In January, a judge ordered Kenneth Cieslinski to turn over his wife’s property to Smith, including a laptop computer, jewelry and a 2006 Jeep Compass. Smith has also filed a civil suit against the couple. A hearing is set in that case in August.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Lancaster woman who admitted she stole nearly $2 million from her employer will spend the next four to 12 years in state prison. Suzanne Glawatz, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty in June to Grand Larceny and Criminal Tax Fraud. “Ms. Glawatz’s criminal actions have changed my life in immeasurable ways. My plans to retire are completely on hold,” Dr. Marcelle Grassi said Wednesday at Glawatz’s sentencing. Dr. Grassi trusted Suzanne Glawatz to be her bookkeeper for 16 years. It turns out for the past seven years, Glawatz had been stealing from the doctor who gave her a job “I am totally aware that I have deceived and betrayed a person who treated me as a friend and a confidante, as well as a trusted employee,” Glawatz read from a prepared statement. Glawatz plead guilty in June to grand larceny in the first-degree and criminal tax fraud. Not only did she embezzle more than $1.8 million dollars from Dr. Grassi, but also she illegally accepted a $6,900 tax refund from New York State that she didn’t earn. She has repaid the tax fraud, but only given back less than one-tenth of what she owes Dr. Grassi. “Her problem is obviously lack of conscience and arrogance and greed,” Grassi said to the judge. “Someone with a stitch of moral fiber could not look at me in the eye every day and do this to me year after year after year.” Glawatz’s defense attorney, Eric Bloom, tried to explain her actions based on history of depression, and a recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder. He called the reckless spending a disease. Still, the judge sentenced her to four to 12 years in state prison, which is one of the highest sentences handed down in embezzlement cases. “I thought it was pretty much what we expected it to be considering the enormity of the embezzlement,” Bloom said afterward. “It’s truly a tragedy for everyone involved, including the doctor and my client.” According to the prosecution she stole the money by pocketing cash co-payments and taking loans she falsely claimed to have paid back. It’s not the biggest embezzlement case Erie County has ever seen, but District Attorney Frank Sedita says it’s up there. He says embezzlement itself isn’t necessarily on the rise, but the amounts of embezzled funds is, and that overall, white-collar crime is up, and violent crime is down. “It’s stupid to knock off a liquor store or 7-11 nowadays. It’s a lot easier to get somebody’s credit information or bank account information and steal that way,” he said. Glawatz has paid back about $130,000 so far, and she and her husband have no assets left, according to her attorney. She continues to pay back Dr. Grassi at a rate of $250 per week, but as Dr. Grassi noted in her statement, at that rate, it would take Glawatz 200 years to pay back everything, making it unlikely the doctor will ever receive full restitution.
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.
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. Content retrieved from Former cancer care office manager admits embezzling $1.6 million from Northampton practice | masslive.com
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A woman who police and prosecutors say stole close to a million dollars from a local dentist was ordered to repay the full amount and will spend nearly five years in prison.
In September, Yvette King plead guilty to one count each of first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft. Originally, a grand jury charged her with six counts of first-degree theft, four counts of aggravated first-degree theft, seven counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of identity theft.
In court documents, King admits that between April 2012 and Oct. 2012, she “knowingly” stole money from the Downtown Dental Associates. Police say King was a former employee at the dental office.
The total amount of restitution King has been ordered to re-pay is $823,482.43. When she is released from prison, she will be on probation for three years.
The case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau White-Collar Crimes Unit.
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