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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Former teen tennis star accused of stealing Rx pads from NY dental office where she worked…again

olivia-dubovikovjpg-2fcd1f11727a66ca-mediumjpg-3344f7ab368af5a7STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A former teen tennis prodigy who was charged in 2010 with stealing prescription pads from a dental office where she worked has been accused a second time of the same crime, authorities allege.

Charleston resident Olivia Dubovikov-Hosten was once the top-ranked 14-year-old female tennis player in the country, but in recent years her life took a wrong turn.

The 34-year-old ex-tennis star was arrested and charged in April 2010 with obtaining 690 painkiller pills using seven forged prescriptions she allegedly stole from a South Beach dental office, according to a previous Advance report.

That case was ultimately dismissed and sealed, said a spokesman for Acting District Attorney Daniel Master.

But apparently she couldn’t stay out of trouble.

Dubovikov is now facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing prescription pads from three separate dental offices where she worked between 2013 and 2015, according to court documents. This time around, she allegedly obtained 842 painkiller pills at various Staten Island pharmacies with 33 forged prescriptions.

A law enforcement source said Dubovikov has a drug problem.

She is also accused of attempting to steal $624 from a patient’s checking account to pay for a storage locker, court documents allege.

The suspect has been charged with multiple felony counts of forgery, possessing a forged instrument and possession of a controlled substance, according to information from the D.A.’s office. She’s also accused of multiple misdemeanor counts of stolen-property possession and petit larceny.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — She was once the top-ranked 14-year-old female tennis player in the country.

But former Annadale resident Olivia Dubovikov’s life has spiraled downward in recent years.

The 29-year-old ex-tennis star hit the nadir Wednesday when she was arrested and charged with stealing prescription pads from a South Beach dental office where she worked. Ms. Dubovikov allegedly obtained 690 painkiller pills with seven forged prescriptions.

“While the doctors were busy I would fill out the script and use patient information to get the scripts filled at various pharmacies in Brooklyn,” Ms. Dubovikov told cops, according to court papers.

Police allegedly found a blank prescription pad in her pocket.

Ms. Dubovikov, who authorities said now lives on Elton Street in Brooklyn, is also accused of stealing three checks from her father’s Arden Heights dental office last year and cashing them for $2,470.

Ms. Dubovikov redeemed the forged checks at a Brooklyn check-cashing shop on July 10, 13 and 15. They were in the respective amounts of $800, $820 and $850.

In November, Ms. Dubovikov began working in a South Beach dental office. A law enforcement source did not know in what capacity.

She allegedly stole prescription pads belonging to two doctors there. Between March 4 and March 27, the suspect forged seven prescriptions in actual patients’ names and used them to score Percocet pills at several Brooklyn pharmacies, authorities charge. The prescriptions were written for between 80 and 110 pills, court papers said.

Ms. Dubovikov obtained 16 additional pills by calling another pharmacy and posing as a doctor, said the source.

She allegedly told police she had become addicted to Percocet.

The suspect is charged with multiple felony counts of forgery and possessing a forged instrument, along with a felony count of grand larceny, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan. She’s also accused of multiple misdemeanor counts of stolen-property possession and petit larceny.

A man who answered Ms. Dubovikov’s cell phone today identified himself as Joshua Hosten, her fiance.

“I really doubt it has any truth,” Hosten said of the allegations as he waited for Ms. Dubovikov to be arraigned in Stapleton Criminal Court. “I’m just hoping the allegations aren’t true.”

Advance records show Ms. Dubovikov was a tennis whiz.

She and her family moved to the United States from Russia when she was a baby. As an eighth-grader, she was ranked the top 14-year-old girls’ tennis player in America. At 16, she was the top-ranked female player 18 and under in the East, and number 10 nationally, according to published reports.

She was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team and later the University of Maryland tennis squad. Ms. Dubovikov participated in the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world — Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and the French Open — according to an online profile.

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Dental office receptionist Donna Macli among those indicted in 2007 Wall St. Stock Loan Probe

Six people — four of them Wall Street figures, but also a secretary and a mail carrier — are now caught up in a wider probe that involves an alleged system of finder fees and illegal kickbacks at several Wall Street brokerage firms.

The six were charged in three indictments unsealed today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

One of the indictments alleges the dental secretary, Donna Macli, 45, and mail carrier, her husband Thomas Macli, 51, received phony finders fees from her brother, Andrew Caccioppoli, 47, a former manager of the stock loan desk at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.

The three were charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and with mail fraud. The charges against Caccioppoli superseded those in an earlier indictment.

The second indictment charges Darin DeMizio, 42, a former supervisor at Morgan Stanley’s securities lending desk, and Robert Johnson, 44, who represented Tyde Inc., with conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud.

The third charges Joseph Lando, 35, another former manager of the stock loan desk at Janney, with the same offense, as well as conspiracy to commit commercial bribery in violation of the Travel Act.

The investigation focuses on the practices of brokerage firms that borrow and loan securities and use finding firms that locate the stock to be loaned.

Brokerage firms and investment banks use those practices to cover short sales of stock and as collateral on financial deals. The stock loan finders paid fees for facilitating the stock transactions.

The investigation has widened from initial charges last September that charged former Morgan Stanley and Janney employees — including Caccioppoli — in alleged stock loan schemes.

The investigation has focused on stock loan traders at large brokerage firms that devised fraudulent stock loan transactions, including transactions that involved shell companies allegedly established by one of the defendants’ relatives.

According to the indictment, “DeMizio and others arranged for Morgan Stanley to borrow the securities from and loan securities to certain other broker-dealers who either paid finder fees to Tyde … or who acted as intermediaries between Morgan Stanley and other broker dealers.”

The indictment alleged that Johnson and an unnamed “corrupt stock-loan finder” would transfer a portion of the finder fees to DeMizio’s family members who are identified in the indictment as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2.

A spokeswoman for Morgan Stanley told ABC News in a statement, “The alleged conduct by a former Morgan Stanley employee is in direct violation of the firm’s values and policies. We have fully supported and provided every assistance to the government’s investigation into this matter.”

Johnson also faces money laundering charges for allegedly working with an alleged corrupt trader at JPMorgan Chase identified in the indictment as “Trader B.” The indictment alleged that between 1994 and 2003 Johnson and others were devising “a scheme to cause themselves and others to receive finder fees in connection with stock loan transactions involving … the JPMorgan Chase Securities … loaned by Trader B on behalf of JP Morgan Chase.”

The indictment alleged that “Trader B” caused JP Morgan to loan the securities at below market rates to intermediary brokerage firms including a firm identified as IBC located in the Netherlands Antilles, after the transfers occurred IBC spread the finder fees to Johnson and the JP Morgan trader.

“Johnson and Trader B entered into these financial arrangements without the knowledge or approval of JPMorgan Chase,” the indictment noted.

A spokesman for JP Morgan declined to comment on the matter.

To date, 18 defendants have pleaded guilty in the investigation included former employees at A.G. Edwards, Oppenheimer & Co., Morgan Stanley; TD Waterhouse Kellner Dileo & Company, Inc.; Inc, Nomura Securities International, Inc.; PFPC Worldwide Inc.; Schonfeld Securities, LLC; and Van der Moolen Specialists.

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NY Woman accused of embezzling $500k from dentist; charges subsequently dropped


WHITE PLAINS – Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Cheryl Higgins, age 51, of Mohegan Lake, was arraigned on Aug. 4, 2016 on a felony complaint charging her with one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.

McCarty said during the period between Dec. 18, 2007 and March 5, 2015, the defendant, the former office manager for David Sandak, D.D.S. of Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry of Westchester, stole in excess of $500,000 from her employer.

She accomplished this by opening an unauthorized business credit card, according to McCarty, and using Dr. Sandak’s personal credit card accounts.

The defendant proceeded to pay for her own personal expenses using Dr. Sandak’s funds and to purchase items for herself and her family without permission or authority to do so.

The defendant’s bail was set at $100,000.

Charges were subsequently dropped by the District Attorney due to lack of evidence.

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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

ROCCO LADUCA / Observer-Dispatch
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

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 NY man sentenced for embezzlement, falsifying business records


PLATTSBURGH — Kevin J. Conroy is serving jail time for the theft of more than $400,000 from High Peaks Dental and High Peaks Realty.

The prosecution argued a far more severe penalty — 2 1/2 to seven years in state prison.

In October, the Beekmantown man pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree grand larceny, one county of third-degree larceny and three counts of second-degree forgery, all felonies; and two counts of falsifying business records, a misdemeanor.

His plea was made with the agreement that his sentence would be no more than the time in state prison sought by Clinton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Timothy Blatchley in court this week, with the condition that sentencing would be at the sole discretion of the court, a release from the DA’s Office said.

Wednesday, Conroy was sentenced by Clinton County Court Judge Kevin K. Ryan to four months in jail and five years of probation, along with paying the fee for a DNA sample.


Conroy, then 32, was charged May 23 after a three-month investigation by State Police.

At the time of his crimes, he was CFO of High Peaks Dental Professional Partnership and High Peaks Realty, where, the probe indicated, he embezzled more than $300,000 between March 2012 and December 2015, police said at the time of his arrest.

Conroy was fired that December, High Peaks Dental Office Manager Nikki Burdo told the Press-Republican in May, saying “some inconsistencies” caused the firm to look into his actions.

The money, according to the DA’s Office, was used for unauthorized purchases for renovations at Conroy’s home, along with travel, exercise equipment, computer equipment and sport utility vehicles.

“As the office manager for both entities, the defendant was able to make then hide these fraudulent transactions.”


After Conroy pleaded guilty to the charges, the DA’s Office said, he paid back $423,819.82 to victims Dr. Michael O’Connor and Dr. William Caldon, based on a civil settlement agreement reached with their attorneys.

“The court made its decision not to send the defendant to prison based upon the fact that the victims … were not requesting incarceration and had been paid full restitution …,” the release said.


Blatchley, who prosecuted the case, requested the prison term based on “the seriousness of the crime” and Conroy’s history of committing similar crimes.

In December 2011, Conroy pleaded guilty to petit larceny and second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both misdemeanors, for forging billing orders and return paperwork at Curtis Lumber, where he was employed at the time.

Those charges had been reduced from third-degree grand larceny, a felony; first-degree falsifying business records, a felony; and third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a misdemeanor.

Plattsburgh-based State Police said at the time that Conroy had been conducting the scheme for several months, crediting the funds to his personal account.

Plattsburgh Town Justice Christina Bezrutczyk sentenced him to 90 days in jail, a $100 fine on each charge and 30 hours of community service, with a one-year conditional discharge.


Ryan, the DA’s Office said, “agreed with the prosecution that these were serious offenses but was moved by the victims’ request (for no prison time), the fact that restitution had been made in full and that probation could help the defendant.”

Conroy was represented by Matthew Favro and Andrew Safranko.

In court this week, Conroy apologized, the release said.

He is now incarcerated at Clinton County Jail.

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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

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

Update April 2018:

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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