Is your CPA protecting you from embezzlement? Embezzled dentist sues CPA firm, alleging accounting malpractice. Not successful yet.

New York dentist Ronald Ghiz was embezzled by office manager Carolina Vallario to the tune of $400,000.  in 2013, Dr. Ghiz sued his accounting firm, Shreck and Company CPAs, on the basis that they should have detected the embezzlement.

No final decision has been rendered on this case, and it is possible that the parties may have settled out of court.

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A really bad way to start your dental career — dental student arrested for stealing NBDE exam questions

Attorney General Spitzer and State Education Commissioner Richard Mills today announced the arrests of three city residents in the theft of the dental licensing exam administered by the American Dental Association. The defendants used a high tech system involving a concealed camera and computer monitor to steal the test, which is given to an estimated 20,000 dental students nationwide annually. The test, which is administered twice a year, is taken by students who wish to obtain a license to practice dentistry.

The theft allegedly occurred when one person posing as a test taker transmitted the image of the exam using a concealed camera to the two co-defendants who were in a car outside monitoring the transmission on a computer monitor. The defendants are: Svetlana Bogomolova, 28, of 2 Gaylord Drive North, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Yelena Tayba, 35, of 201 Brighton Ave., Brooklyn N.Y. and Nicola Kapitanov, 33, of 67 McArthur Ave., Staten Island N.Y.

“These defendants threatened to put dental patients throughout New York at risk,” said Spitzer. “Had their plans to sell the tests been successful, an unknown number of unqualified dental school graduates would have received a license to practice.”

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills said “The arrests were the result of quick action and great teamwork between the Attorney General and the State Education Department. Those arrested used sophisticated electronic equipment. This shows the need to anticipate increasingly varied and clever schemes to defraud the public. We will continue to take all possible actions to protect the public.”

The defendants are charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.

The case was investigated for the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Discipline by Supervising Investigator Thomas Meade and Senior Investigator Wanda Meade. The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Ronda Lustman, under the supervision of Criminal Prosecutions Chief Janet Cohn and the head of the Criminal Division, Peter B. Pope.

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Staten Island NY woman swiped checks from dentist’s office, then cashed them with her boyfriend, police allege

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An Annadale woman is accused of swiping 14 blank checks from the dentist’s office where she used to work, so she and her boyfriend could line their pockets with thousands of dollars.

Alyssa Decicco, 24, of Van Allen Avenue, who worked at a dental office in Annadale, grabbed the checks sometime between Oct. 28 and Jan. 7, police allege.

She and her boyfriend, Patrick Smith, 26, of Cranford Street in Great Kills, then went to the New York Community Bank at 2555 Richmond Ave., where, on 13 different occasions, he cashed the checks in his name, police allege. They got $5,500 in all, but they met with failure on the 14th try, on Jan. 7, court papers allege.

“That’s me in the video still. I cashed 13 checks and attempted to do number 14,” Smith told police, according to court papers.

Both were arrested last week and charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to information from District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s office.

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Upstate NY dental office manager charged with stealing from work


QUEENSBURY – A 33-year-old Fort Ann woman was arrested this week on a charge she stole more than $8,000 from the dental office where she was employed, police said.

Nicole Bolduc was charged Friday with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, in connection with the theft of money from Aspen Dental in Queensbury, where she worked as an office manager, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

 Bolduc was accused of taking cash that was paid by patients for dental services, and altering billing information in the computer to cover the theft, police said.
Aspen Dental discovered the theft during a recent audit, said sheriff’s Lt. C. Shawn Lamouree. She is no longer employed by the office, he said.
Bolduc was arraigned in Queensbury Town Court and released on her own recognizance. The case was investigated by sheriff’s Investigator Mo Aldrich and Patrol Officer Terri Jeffords.

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NYC dental assistant arrested for stealing patient’s purse


Amanda Henderson, 23, of Levittown was arrested for grand larceny at a Bellmore dental office.

Henderson was working as a dental assistant in an undisclosed Bellmore dental office when she removed the purse from the pocketbook of a 76-year-old female patient at the office, Nassau County Police said. An investigation conducted by 7th Squad detectives determined that Henderson used the victim’s credit card at several stores in Levittown, exceeding $700 in purchases.

Henderson was arrested after she surrendered at the 7th Precinct in Seaford. She was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and identity theft. She was arraigned in First District Court on June 1.

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Upstate NY dental employee facing grand larceny charge after credit card number theft

WILTON – A 38-year-old Moreau woman was arrested Monday after police said she stole a credit card number from a patient at a Wilton dentistry office where the woman worked.

Annette Lehoisky, of 180 Old West Road, was arrested by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department after police said she removed the credit card number from a file in a family dentistry office in Wilton.

Lehoisky then used the credit card number to order a gift certificate from Noble Hardware in Moreau over the phone, police said.

Lehoisky was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information, a misdemeanor.

Lehoisky was sent to county jail on $5,000 cash bail.

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NYC office manager arrested for embezzling $64k

She may pay the price for a fiscal extraction.

Dental-office manager Indera Jadoo, 43, was busted for swiping $64,000 from her Chelsea employer, sources said.

Beginning on May 1, Jadoo allegedly purchased iPods and jewelry at Costco and Vale’s with business checks and company credit cards.

She also paid her son’s tuition at Brooklyn College with the stolen funds, said cops, who busted her Monday on grand-larceny charges.

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Long Island serial embezzler

An Island Park woman was arrested for allegedly taking $56,000 from two local dentists.

According to Nassau County police, when Deborah Ervin, 45, of Island Park worked as an office manager/bookkeeper for a Rockville Centre dentist between September 2014 and November 2014, she took cash payments without depositing them in a business account.

The dentist also discovered that between December 2014 and January 2016, Ervin made unauthorized debits from the business account to pay personal bills, causing a total loss to the practice of more than $48,000.

Between November 2015 and February 25, 2016, Ervin worked as a receptionist for a dentist in Valley Stream. During this time she took cash payments from patients and failed to deposit them in the business account, taking more than $8,000.

Police arrested Ervin at her home on March 7. She was charged with three counts of third-degree Grand Larceny and two counts of Falsifying Business Records. She was arraigned on March 8 at First District Court in Hempstead. Her bail was set at $15,000 and she is due back in court on March 10.

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Pomona NY Man Accused of Stealing $5,000 From Employer


A 27-year-old Pomona man is accused of stealing more than $5,000 by writing checks to himself from the Monsey company where he worked as the billing manager, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.

Michael Kavanagh of 39 Camp Hill Road is accused of one count of third-degree grand, a felony, after an investigation by the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit.

Zugibe said Wednesday that in December, 2010, Kavanagh secretly wrote checks to himself, in addition to his regular paychecks, while working for Community Medical and Dental Care. Kavanagh was able to cash two checks before the theft was discovered, Zugibe said.

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NY woman pleads guilty to embezzlement


Sheila Shattuck, accused of stealing from her former employer, Fall Creek Family Dentist, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge Tuesday after facing a 17-count indictment. A second indictment is pending against her.

Shattuck, 41, of Cortland, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, satisfying a 17-count indictment from April that included 16 counts of first-degree falsifying business records and one count of third-degree grand larceny. After rejecting two plea offers, Shattuck’s trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in Tompkins County Court.

The second, six-count indictment handed up Thursday includes two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

According to the summary of facts filed in Tompkins County Court related to the first indictment, between March 1, 2013 and July 30, 2014, Shattuck allegedly deleted cash transactions from the accounting records and instead entered false records purporting to reflect credit card payments in the same amounts. By creating the false credit card payment records, the summary of facts states, Shattuck prevented detection of the theft of cash.

Previously, Shattuck was offered two plea deals. If she paid restitution in the amount of $4,530, she could plead guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and be sentenced to two to four years as a predicate felon. If restitution was not paid, she could plead guilty to third-degree grand larceny with a sentence of three to six years.

Her sentencing is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. March 17. Restitution will be sought separately. Shattuck’s current securing order of $3,000 cash or $20,000 bond continues, but she has posted bail already.

No court date has been scheduled yet related to the second indictment.

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