Our friend Susan Gunn’s case –Michigan woman to 3 years for embezzling nearly $1 million from Midland dentist

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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.

Cieslinski appeared before Midland County Circuit Judge Jonathan E. Lauderbach Thursday to receive her sentence.

“Instead of going to dental school and taking all the risks a business owner takes to provide a livelihood, you hit fast forward and went to the profit to put money in your pocket,” Lauderbach said. “There is no way to justify it.”

Lauderbach sentenced Cieslinski to a minimum of 36 months to 20 years for the more serious charge and a minimum of 36 months to 15 years for the lesser charge. The sentences run concurrent with Cieslinski given credit for 109 days served.

Cieslinski is to pay $750,000 in restitution and has already paid close to $35,000, said Bay City attorney Robert J. Dunn, who represented Cieslinski.

Dunn said a condition of her plea was that her minimum sentence not exceed 36 months.

Lauderbach said that he would have had “no problem going higher than the 36 month cap.” He said that the court’s objective of getting a defendant out of jail and back to work to repay the victim does not work in this case due to the magnitude of her crime.

“You’re 53 years old, you’re a convicted felon and you are a thief,” Lauderbach told Cieslinski. “You will never repay this, and I will be shocked if Dr. Smith sees a tenth of what he is owed.”

Lauderbach said that when defendents have a reason for theft, such as a drug addiction or a gambling problem, the crime is understandable, although not excusable.

“You just wanted nicer stuff, so you stole money to get it,” Lauderbach said. “I can’t make any sense of that.”

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Cieslinski cried when she spoke prior to her sentencing.

“Dr. Smith and his family are good people, and I stole from him,” she said.

“I truly truly am sorry for all the pain I have caused, and after today I hope he can move forward and put this behind him.”

Cieslinski’s husband, Kenneth W. Cieslinski, faces two counts of embezzlement by an agent or trust between $1,000 and $20,000, a five-year felony.

Midland County Prosecutor Michael D. Carpenter previously said the couple stole nearly $1 million from Smith. The funds were stored in a bank account in Kenneth Cieslinski’s name, Carpenter has said.

“While (Cieslinski’s) daughters drove new cars, (Dr. Smith’s) daughters drove clunkers,” Carpenter said. “She took for herself a dental salary, swapped lives with him and took his life for 10 years.”

Kenneth Cieslinski worked as a corrections officer at the Bay County Jail since January 1986 and was a month away from retiring when his boss, Sheriff John E. Miller, arrested him July 2.

Kenneth Cieslinski’s next court date is pending.

 


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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.

Family Charged With Embezzling Almost $2 Million From Georgia Dentist

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A Sandy Springs dentist’s office was busy cleaning teeth while their bookkeeper was cleaning them out of millions.

Sandy Springs Police Captain Steve Rose tells WSB 58-year-old Rosemary D’souza had been the office manager and bookkeeper for TLC Dental for nearly 20 years, but suspicions arose during a casual conversation.

“She mentioned that the family owned a couple of houses in Florida. This kind of raised suspicion with the doctor based on – it’s kind of extravagant possessions with somebody with that particular salary base,” said Rose.

An investigation revealed that between 2009 and 2013, D’souza embezzled two-million-dollars.

“From what we can tell, Rosemary paid herself over this period of time over $800,000, paid her husband over $600,000, and then paid her daughter who is a student, over $83,000,” said Rose.

Rose says because D’souza was a longtime employee, they had complete trust in her.

“They believed them to be honest and it’s the misuse and it’s taking advantage of that trust which allowed that person to just go undetected for so long,” said Rose.

Rosemary D’souza has been charged with numerous offenses including theft by taking and financial card fraud.  D’souza’s daughter, 20-year-old Karen and her husband Joseph, have been charged with theft by taking.

 


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NY Woman Sentenced in $1.8 Million Embezzlement Case

Lancaster Woman Sentenced in $1.8 Million Embezzlement Case

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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 bi polar 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.


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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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Fat chance he will see this money — Oregon embezzler ordered to repay $955K

In September, Yvette King plead guilty to one count each of first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft.

 

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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Name: King, Yvette
Age: 46
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Arresting Agency: Portland Criminal Court
Booking Date: 11/10/2015 at 09:29
Projected Release Date: N/A
SWIS ID: 789208
Assigned Facility: MCDC
Charges:
Court Case No. DA Case No. Citation No. Charge Bail Status
15CR14189 None None AGGRAVATED THEFT I (B Felony) $0 Prison
15CR14189 None None AGGRV IDENTITY THEFT (B Felony) $0 Prison