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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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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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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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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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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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