Repeat offender — Bookkeeper Allegedly Embezzled over $50,000 from Long Island Dentist

 

(Long Island, NY) The Major Case Bureau reports an arrest for Grand Larceny on Monday, March 07, 2016 at 2:25 P.M. in Island Park.

According to detectives, between September 2014 and November 2014, Deborah Ervin, 45, of Island Park was employed by a Rockville Centre dentist as an office manager/bookkeeper. During that time she took cash payments from patients and failed to deposit them into the business account.

The victim also discovered between December 2014 and January 2016 the defendant made unauthorized debits from the victims business account to pay personal bills, causing a total loss to the victim of over $48,000.00.

Between November 2015 and February 25, 2016 the defendant was employed 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. This caused a loss to the victim of over $8,000.00.

On March 7, 2016 at 2:35 P.M. detectives from the Crimes Against Property Squad and the Fifth Squad responded to the defendants’ home and placed her under arrest without incident. She is charged with three counts of Grand Larceny 3rd degree and two counts of Falsifying Business Records. She will be arraigned on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Embezzlement takes many different forms — Office manager at Bronx practice performed unlicensed dentistry

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While the dentist was away, his office manager played one.

Valbona Yzeiraj, 45, was arrested Thursday on accusations of masquerading as a dentist at a Bronx dental office and charged in a 13-count indictment with pulling teeth and even performing root canals.

The paper-pusher who dubbed herself “Dr. Val” is not a licensed dentist in the state, or anywhere else in the nation. But that didn’t stop her from treating patients for cash.

“She inspected patients, she diagnosed patients, she took X-rays, she injected patients with anesthetics, she even gave patients root canals,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Patrick McCadden said at Yzeiraj’s arraignment Thursday afternoon.

Some of her work came with a bite, leaving one patient with an infection from a botched root canal, and another suffering persistent pain two years after treatment, McCadden said.

From late 2012 to the summer of 2013, Yzeiraj scheduled appointments at Ultimate Dental Care in Riverdale while the real dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Schoengold, was out of the office.

When Schoengold discovered what she was up to, he fired her and reported her to police.

“This is a gross betrayal of trust to me and to the community,” Schoengold, 61, told the Daily News outside his second office in White Plains.

He said he hired Yzeiraj through Craigslist in 2009 and that he was “shocked” to learn what she was doing behind his back.

“There was no record at all,” said Schoengold, a practicing dentist for 34 years. “You hear about things like this. You never think it’s gonna happen to you and here I am and it’s happening.”

In a jaw-dropping twist, Yzeiraj tried to pilfer $20,000 from Schoengold’s payroll department after she was canned, prosecutors said.

Since the deception, Schoengold has installed cameras in his Bronx office to monitor his employees while he’s away.

Yzeiraj, of White Plains, told authorities she had dental training in her native country of Albania. But officials said there’s no evidence she had a lick of training in the United States.

This is a gross betrayal of trust to me and to the community.

McCadden said Yzeiraj targeted members of the Albanian community for her bogus practice, preying “on their vulnerabilities.”

She was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Bronx Supreme Court on charges ranging from felony assault to unauthorized practice. She was also charged with felony attempted grand larceny and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

Yzeiraj pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $20,000 bail. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Justice Steven Barrett barred her from taking any job in the dentistry field for the duration of her case.

“She intends to fight each and every one of these charges,” said Yzeiraj’s court-appointed lawyer Corey Sokoler.

Yzeiraj’s husband, who attended the arraignment, brushed off the charges as “absurd.”

“My wife, operate on people? It made me laugh,” said Petrit Yzeiraj, 49. “She absolutely did not do it.”

But Schoengold’s patients didn’t see the humor in the allegations.

“Oh boy, that’s pretty crazy. It’s disturbing,” said Jennifer Keenan, 31, a Bronx mother of three, who has visited Schoengold’s office a half-dozen times.

 


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Ex-employee gets prison for stealing $300,000 from Utica dentist

 

 

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A longtime office manager for Dr. Louis Rabice was sentenced to prison Tuesday for stealing $300,000 from the Utica dentist.

Mary Frank, 57, of Rome, received 1 to 3 years in prison for her guilty plea in Oneida County Court to second-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal tax fraud.
As Frank appeared in court this week, she had already paid back the full amount of money she admitted stealing from the dentist’s office over a period of six or seven years. The money would be embezzled on a regular basis as Frank processed cash payments from patients.

Frank – who had worked for Rabice for 23 years – also agreed to pay more than $33,000 in state taxes that she never paid on the stolen money that would have been considered additional income.

“She ran into some tough times and had to pay some bills,” Frank’s attorney Frank Mellace later explained outside the courtroom. “She made some wrong decisions and she took some money that didn’t belong to her, unfortunately.”

In court, neither Frank nor Mellace offered any final words on the matter.

“I’m sure you’ve learned your lesson from this,” Judge Michael L. Dwyer told Frank, who replied yes.

Although Frank paid back the $300,000, Mellace said Frank had doubts she actually took that much money. Instead, she believes other employees were also taking advantage of the office’s accounting measures.

But investigators found no evidence that anyone other than Frank was stealing from Rabice, Assistant District Attorney Bernard Hyman said. This is a “classic case,” Hyman said, of what can happen when business owners place too much trust and authority in one employee without much oversight.

“Dr. Rabice was quite disappointed and would never have believed it was this particular person,” Hyman said.

 


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NY Dental CFO Accused of Embezzling $300k from Practice — has previous conviction for embezzlement

Beekmantown man accused of embezzlement, falsifying business records

Kevin J. Conroy, 32, arrested

UPDATED 7:37 PM EDT May 24, 2016

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LAKE PLACID – A chief financial officer of a Lake Placid dentist office was charged Monday with embezzling more than $300,000 from it and another North Country business.

Following a three-month investigation, state police charged Kevin Conroy, 32, of Beekmantown with two counts of grand larceny in the second degree, two counts of falsifying business records, three counts of forgery in the third degree and one count of grand larceny in the third degree.

Conroy was the CFO for High Peaks Dental Professional Partnership, which had an office in Lake Placid until December, and High Peaks Realty, which is based in Plattsburgh. according to a state police press release. The police investigation found that Conroy embezzled more than $300,000 between March 2012 and December 2015, the time period of his employment for the companies.

This was not the first time Conroy was accused of embezzling from a North Country business. In 2011, Conroy was accused of scamming more than $11,000 from his former employer, Curtis Lumber’s Plattsburgh store, according to a 2011 Press-Republican article,

Conroy was arraigned in the town of Plattsburgh court and was released after posting a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on June 20.

Nikki Burdo, office manager of High Peaks Dental Professional Partnership, said Conroy was discharged from the practice on Dec. 23 of last year for reasons unrelated to the embezzlement charges. She added that “red flags” regarding his employment came up after he was let go.

“At that time, (High Peaks Dental Professional Partnership) doctors were unaware of the situation,” she said. “But talking to their financial advisers, red flags came up after the fact.”

State police spokesman Trooper Kyle Otis said the investigation began when Conroy’s employer reported their concerns to police in February.

The owners of High Peaks Dental Professional Partnership are dentists William Caldon and Michael O’Connor, who practiced out of Lake Placid until December of last year. Burdo said Conroy primarily worked out of the company’s Plattsburgh office but had worked in Lake Placid during his time with the company. She added that the company’s departure from its Lake Placid office was unrelated to Conroy’s charges.

Burdo said High Peaks Dental and High Peaks Realty are two separate businesses, but Caldon and O’Connor have a business partner on the realty side. Burdo said Conroy, in his role, took care of finances and served as a property manager for High Peaks Realty.

“Our primary focus has been working with our patients and trying to provide the best possible care for them,” Burdo said. “Business as usual.”

The 2011 Press-Republican article said state police believed Conroy ran a scheme for several months where he forged billing orders and merchandise-return paperwork at Curtis Lumber so he could get monetary credit on his personal account there.

He was arrested in August 2011 on charges of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, but he pled guilty to lesser charges, petty larceny and filling a false instrument in the second degree, and paid a $200 fine, according to the Plattsburgh town court.

 


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Wilton, NY woman accused of stealing over $800K from medical clinic

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.

obenhoffA Wilton woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from a local medical practice where she was employed.

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Wilton woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from a local medical practice where she was employed.

Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery is housed on the second floor of the Executive Woods building. Colonie police said Debra Obenhoff, 44, used her position as manager to steal nearly $1 million from the business over three years.

The alleged embezzlement took place between 2008 and 2011.

“We conducted our investigation and were able to bring the charges against her for the embezzlement of well over $800,000,” Colonie Police Lt. Bob Winn said.

The total amount was $871,727.94, according to police.

Obenhoff is accused of stealing the money by writing checks to a business she owns in Saratoga.

“That does appear to be where this money was going,” Lt. Winn said. “She was writing checks to that business.”

Police said she also made electronic payments to her credit card, gave herself a bonus, and paid for unauthorized health insurance.

“Other money went toward credit card bills, student loans,” Lt. Winn said. “There was a variety of different things. A bonus that she paid to herself; healthcare that she was receiving.”

Police received a tip about the embezzlement about two weeks ago. Obenhoff turned herself in Wednesday night accompanied by her attorney. She was then arraigned and released on probation supervision.

The owner of Northeast Urogynocology, Pelvic Medicine, and Reconstructive Surgery did not want to comment.

Obenhoff is facing one count of Grand Larceny and could spend up to six years in jail for the crime.


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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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Manhattan dentist receptionist stole patient info to buy $700K in Apple gift cards; sentenced to two years in prison

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A receptionist at a Manhattan dental office stole confidential information from hundreds of patient’s and teamed up with a former Apple employee to open fraudulent credit lines and buy hundreds

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MANHATTAN, NY — A former receptionist at a Manhattan dental office was sentenced to at least two years in prison on Tuesday for stealing the personal data of hundreds of patients at the dental office where she worked and using it to buy Apple products, prosecutors said.

Annie Vuong, 31, was an integral part of an identify theft ring that began stealing information like names, birthdays, address and social security numbers from patients at Vuong’s Manhattan dental office, district attorney Cy Vance said. Vuong would send the stolen data to Devin Bazile, a former Apple store employee, who would use the information to purchase instant credit offered by Apple.

Between May and November 2012, Vuong copied the data of at least 653 patients and shared it with Bazile, prosecutors said.

In total, Vuong, Bazile and two other co-defendants purchased more than $700,000 in Apple products using the fraudulent credit, according to authorities.

“Annie Vuong exploited her access to confidential patient information to commit large-scale identity theft against hundreds of unsuspecting victims, as a jury found in this 189-count conviction,” Vance said in a statement. “Her role as the source of stolen information set this entire scheme into motion, enabling her co-defendants to rack up more than $700,000 in fraudulent purchases.”

The group was indicted in February 2015 after more than two years of investigation by Vance’s office.

In March, Vuong was found guilty of 189 charges, including grand larceny and identify theft. She was sentenced to serve between two and six years in state prison.

Vuong’s three co-defendants have already been sentenced. Baile, 33, was sentenced to serve between three and nine years in prison.

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A receptionist at a Manhattan dental office stole confidential information from hundreds of patient’s and teamed up with a former Apple employee to open fraudulent credit lines and buy hundreds of thousands in Apple gift cards, authorities said.

Annie Vuong, 27, allegedly copied the confidential records of over 250 patients, including their dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers and emailed the pilfered data to her cohort, former Apple salesman Devin Bazile, 30, court records show.

Bazile used the patients’ information to apply online for instant Apple credit lines ranging from $2,000 to $7,000 with an accomplice, Sharniqkwa Dukes, authorities alleged.

They received bar codes via email that could be used like a credit cards.

Bazile and another accomplice, Joshua Haughton, allegedly recruited crooked Apple employees in Manhattan, White Plains and New Jersey, authorities said.

They’d email the bar codes to Apple salesmen, including Ahmeen Evans, 26, to buy the gift cards so as not to arouse suspicion, court papers say.

The cybercrime ring allegedly bought $700,000 worth of Apple products with the fraudulent gift cards, according to the indictment.

The four were indicted on 394 counts of grand larceny, identity theft and other raps for the scam that ran from May to November 2012, court records show.

They pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Justice Melissa Jackson set bail at $750,000 for the ringleader, Bazile.

Vuong, her attorney said in court, is currently working for American Express.

“Using stolen information to purchase Apple products is one of the most common schemes employed by cybercrime and identity theft rings today,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “We see in case after case how all it takes is single insider at a company – in this instance, allegedly, a receptionist in a dentists’ office – to set an identity theft ring in motion, which then tries to monetize the stolen information by purchasing Apple goods for resale or personal use.”

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NY bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $164k from oral surgery practice; repaid money to avoid jail term

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January 20, 2015 Updated Jan 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM EDTBinghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Binghamton woman pleaded guilty in Broome County Court Tuesday to grand larceny in the third degree.

Mary Ellen Schilling, 48, made the plea in satisfaction of the Superior Court Information filed against her, according to the Broome County district attorney’s office.

According to the DA’s office, Schilling admitted that from May 1, 2008 through October 16, 2013, while working as an office manager and bookkeeper at Oral Surgery Associates of the Southern Tier, she stole more than $50,000 from the checking account of the company.

Schilling will be sentenced on April 20 to a state prison term of two and one-third to seven years.

Restitution totaling $164,325.48 will also be ordered to be paid, according to the district attorney’s office.

If Schilling is able to pay a substantial amount of the restitution at the time of sentencing, the Court will consider imposing a lesser sentence, according to the DA’s office.


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Realized she was going to jail — Buffalo NY Woman withdraws guilty plea in dental office

 

LOCKPORT – A woman who had admitted stealing $36,695 from a Lockport dental office where she once worked withdrew her guilty plea Thursday after State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. decided she didn’t deserve probation.

Kloch gave Dania Shaar the option to go back on her admission to two reduced counts of petit larceny, and she decided to go to trial on the original indictment, charging her with two counts of third-degree grand larceny.

Kloch could have sent Shaar to the Niagara County Jail for up to two years on her guilty plea. If she is convicted as charged at trial, Kloch could sentence her to up to 14 years in state prison.

Shaar, 29, now of Tinley Park, Ill., was a dental assistant at DPR Dentistry. She was charged with stealing the money from February through November 2012 and from September 2013 through April 2014. When she pleaded guilty in August, Kloch told Shaar she would receive probation if she paid back all the money by her sentencing date, as well as Niagara County’s $2,012 cost for extraditing her from Illinois. The restitution was not paid.

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