MN woman pleads guilty to stealing from Maplewood dental office; repays $60k from retirement funds

A Hugo woman accused of bilking more than $90,000 from the Maplewood dental office where she worked pleaded guilty Friday to theft by swindle in Ramsey County District Court.

Kathy Ann Hanson, 59, was writing unauthorized business checks to herself at her workplace, Henrickson Dental, claiming she was reimbursing herself for business items she had purchased at Target, according to a criminal complaint. She also allegedly offered clients a discount if they paid cash and apparently kept the money for herself.

The complaint said an audit of the dental office books showed the thefts totaled $90,650 between 2005 and 2008.

When questioned about the checks by her employer, Hanson “acted like she was having a heart attack and the owner called the medics who transported her to the hospital,” according to the criminal complaint.

In a plea agreement, Hanson agreed to surrender about $60,000 in retirement savings as restitution. After state and federal taxes are paid, about $40,770 will be left for the dental office. Hanson will avoid jail time and will not have more than 45 days of home detention, under the agreement.

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Rochester MN employee accused of altering records to steal money

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A former employee of a Rochester dental clinic is accused of stealing about $20,000 by altering or falsifying patient receipts.

Kelly Elizabeth Navitsky, 27, 6137 Shetland Drive N.W., Rochester, is charged with five counts of felony theft in Olmsted District Court. A summons has been issued to make her first court appearance April 22.

Police were called in November 2009 by Rochester Downtown Dental over suspicions that Navitsky, who worked at the office from November 2003 until May 2009, had altered and falsified patient transactions as far back as 2005.

The complaint says she gave unauthorized discounts to extended family members and altered receipts to show credits to patient accounts so that when they paid in cash, she could take the cash. The thefts were discovered by an audit done after she left the office for another job, according to the criminal complaint.

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Minnesota woman gets away with stealing for five years

An office employee at a Vadnais Heights dental clinic is accused of stealing from her employer and patients.

Kristine Marie Hansen, 40, was charged last week with six felonies: four counts of theft by swindle and two counts of theft of services. She reportedly admitted to swindling Advance Family Dental and taking refund money owed to patients.

According to the criminal complaint: Hansen worked at the County Road E dental clinic and was in charge of billing from October 2008 to December 2013. Hansen took more than $50,000 from patients during that time. If patients didn’t promptly claim the refund owed to them, she deposited the funds onto credit cards that belonged to herself and family members.

Hansen also allegedly reduced the bills for services the dental clinic provided to her and her family members on multiple occasions. The fraudulent reductions totalled more than $6,000.

 Hansen admitted to Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she had committed the thefts, according to the criminal complaint. She said that her family members did not know about the thefts from which they benefited.

Hansen has a 2009 conviction for misdemeanor identity theft that occurred in Forest Lake. She was a resident of Woodbury at that time, according to court records. No city of residence is listed on the complaint for the new charges issued Jan. 13.

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Minnesota woman embezzles over $200k; serves sentence on weekends.

A 50-year-old Hastings woman, Cynthia Amelia Schmitz, will begin serving weekends in the Ramsey County Workhouse this Friday, Aug. 1, as part of the sentencing order of July 18 for her guilty plea to one felony count of theft by swindle.

Schmitz had previously entered the guilty plea for stealing more than $200,000 from the company she worked for in White Bear Lake for more than five years.

At the July 18 sentencing, Schmitz was sentenced to 21 months in prison, but that term was stayed. She was sentenced to serve 120 days in the Ramsey County Workhouse (weekends), remain law abiding, continue counseling, pay restitution to the company as determined by the court, and be on probation for 20 years.

The charge was filed against Schmitz in April in Ramsey County. Schmitz was the office manager for Crocus Dental Technologies from April 30, 2002, to Dec. 31, 2007, and she embezzled more than $200,000 from the company, according to court documents.

When she left the company at the end of last year, Schmitz told co-workers she was going to move to Hawaii and own a coffee bean farm.

The owner of the business, who believed that Schmitz had embezzled company funds, called White Bear Lake Police to the business on Jan. 22 of this year. As office manager, Schmitz’ responsibilities included printing payroll checks, sending out bills and handling payments from clients. All payments from clients were to be deposited into the company’s bank account. After Schmitz quit in December 2007, an independent audit confirmed that many payments by customers had not been deposited into the bank account, but rather into Schmitz’ accounts at another bank. The owner told police Schmitz did not have permission to deposit any the customers’ payments into an account other than the company’s regular account.

From the accountant’s report, the company was able to verify in 2005 Schmitz apparently stole more than $54,000; in 2006, she apparently stole more than $73,000; and in 2007, she apparently stole more than $129,000.

A search warrant for Schmitz’ savings and checking accounts was executed Jan. 28, and funds totaling more than $120,000 were received from them.

The company’s owner told police she had received a call from Schmitz’ husband, who told her his wife had confessed to him she had stolen the money. He said they would try to pay back the money.

The company’s auditor also told the company owner Schmitz had used the Crocus Dental Technology accounts to ship items to Hawaii (where Schmitz had moved).

On March 17, Schmitz and her attorney came to the White Bear Lake Police Department. When questioned, Cynthia Schmitz admitted to stealing the money by depositing the checks made payable to Crocus Dental Technology into her own personal checking accounts. She said she initially took the money to help pay medical bills, but then continued because she felt a need to help other people.


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Hastings woman accused of embezzlement

A 50-year-old Hastings woman, Cynthia Amelia Schmitz, faces one felony count of theft by swindle after she allegedly stole more than $200,000 from the company she worked for in White Bear Lake.

 According to the criminal complaint filed April 4 in Ramsey County District Court, while Schmitz was the office manager for Crocus Dental Technologies from April 30, 2002 to Dec. 31, 2007, she apparently embezzled more than $200,000 from the company.

When she left the company at the end of last year, Schmitz told co-workers she was going to move to Hawaii and own a coffee bean farm.

The owner of the business, who believed that Schmitz had embezzled company funds, called White Bear Lake Police to the business on Jan. 22. As office manager, Schmitz’ responsibilities included printing payroll checks, sending out bills and handling payments from clients.

All payments from clients were to be deposited into the company’s bank account. After Schmitz quit in December 2007, an independent audit confirmed that many payments by customers had not been deposited into the bank account, but rather into Schmitz’ accounts at another bank. The owner told police Schmitz did not have permission to deposit any of the customers’ payments into an account other than the company’s regular account.

From the accountant’s report, the company was able to verify Schmitz apparently stole more than $54,000 in 2005; in 2006, she apparently stole more than $73,000; and in 2007, she apparently stole more than $129,000. The auditor is continuing to look at the years 2002 through 2004.

A search warrant for Schmitz’ savings and checking accounts was executed Jan. 28, and funds totaling more than $120,000 were received from them.

The company’s owner told police she had received a call from Schmitz’ husband, who told her his wife had confessed to him she had stolen the money. He said they would try to pay back the money.

The company’s auditor also told the company owner Schmitz had used the Crocus Dental Technology accounts to ship items to Hawaii (where Schmitz had moved).

On March 17, Schmitz and her attorney came to the White Bear Lake Police Department. When questioned, Cynthia Schmitz admitted to stealing the money by depositing the checks made payable to Crocus Dental Technology into her own personal checking accounts. She said she initially took the money to help pay medical bills, but then continued because she felt a need to help other people.

Schmitz is scheduled to make her first court appearance in Ramsey County May 7.

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THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Full Name: Cynthia Ameila Schmitz
Record Date:
Location: Lake County
Charge
THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Record Date
UNKNOWN
Full Name
Cynthia Ameila Schmitz
Age
59
DOB
September, 1957
County Name
Lake County
Source
MN Administrator OF The Courts
Offense Description
THEFT-BY SWINDLE
Offense Code
609.52.2(4)
Arresting Agency
WHITE BEAR LAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Case Number
62K308001239
Disposition
CONVICTED
Disposition Date
18 July 2008

 

Employee embezzled $36k from Minnesota dental practice; gets probation

A Savage resident and former employee of Smiles of Distinction in Savage will spend the next seven years on probation for embezzling more than $36,000 in cash from the dental practice.

Melissa Kate Arndt, 51, entered an Alford plea in Scott County District Court last month in regards to a felony theft by swindle charge, and on Jan. 22, Scott County Judge Caroline Lennon sentenced her to seven years of supervised probation. Charges of felony theft and insurance fraud were dismissed.

Arndt was ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution, and she was given 90 days of electronic home monitoring, though she may be eligible for work release.

By entering an Alford plea, Arndt maintained her claim to innocence but acknowledged that the evidence would be sufficient to convict her.

According to the criminal complaint, Savage police were contacted on Nov. 2, 2013 by a dentist at Smiles of Distinction, 4300 Egan Drive, who reported that he had fired Arndt a month earlier because he suspected that she had been embezzling money from the practice. He told police that he suspected Arndt of embezzling between $20,000 and $50,000 from the business by not making cash bank deposits that was required of her, and by not requiring family and friends to pay co-pays or portions of bills not covered by insurance.

On Nov. 26, 2013, the dentist provided police with documentation allegedly supporting his claims. He told police that he bought the business in 2007, and that Arndt had been an employee under previous ownership, so he decided to keep her on the staff. Arndt was responsible for front office work, deposits, scheduling and working with patients.

The dentist eventually opened a business account at a nearby bank in Savage, and after making an initial deposit, he tasked Arndt with making the cash deposits at the bank from that point forward. However, the dentist received a notice from the bank in December 2012 stating that there had been no transactions on his account for several years. When the dentists asked Arndt about the lack of deposits, she allegedly said that “they just didn’t receive many” cash payments, according to the complaint.

Before Arndt was fired, two other employees approached the dentist and stated that they believed Arndt was stealing from the practice. After Arndt was fired, the dentist started reviewing financial records, and he found that in 2008, a total of $11,726 in cash had been taken in by the business, but that none of that money was ever deposited in the practice’s bank account. He also found that in 2009, a total of $9,961 in cash had been taken in, but that none of it was ever deposited.

Further investigation by the dentist found that Arndt masked the alleged thefts by using “credit adjustments,” as she would allegedly delete entered cash payments and would re-enter them as cash adjustments. One example that the dentist gave was a billing for patient “T.L.” dated June 7, 2012 through July 22, 2013. The dentist said he spent a lot of time working on the patient’s teeth during those dates and the patient paid for most of it in cash. On June 7, 2012, the patient paid $1,217.54 toward his bill and the entry was listed as a credit adjustment and on July 22, 2013, Arndt listed a $860.20 amount owed by the patient as a credit adjustment. The dentist believed that all of the money was taken by Arndt instead of being deposited in the bank account.

The complaint stated that cash totals taken by Arndt from the dental business are $36,128.81


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Minnesota woman sentenced for stealing almost $500,000 from dental office

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MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman was sentenced to almost four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing almost $500,000 dollars from the dental office where she worked as manager.

Teresa Rae Larson, 45, was sentenced in Clay County District Court Tuesday to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to four counts of diversion of corporate property, a felony. Eleven other counts against Larson were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Larson admitted to stealing from her employer, Northland Dental, starting in January 2006 and continuing until last April.

Victims who spoke in court Tuesday said Larson used the more than $497,000 she stole for cosmetic surgery, trips to Hawaii, clothes, jewelry, and for work on her home.

Larson apologized to her victims in court.


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