Ohio Woman has Embezzlement Convictions

Jenny Draime Adams

This is Jenny Draime Adams, who lives in Brunswick , Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland.

Back when she used to live in Florida and went by the name Jenny Lynn Draime, she was convicted in 2006 of First Degree Larceny (which is for stealing more than $100,000) from a Palm Beach area dental practice.

She also has Florida arrests for theft of less than $5,000, motor vehicle theft, and domestic battery.

It appears that Jenny moved to Ohio circa 2008. We are unable to determine whether she has been working in the dental field in Ohio, but we do note a 2018 bankruptcy from which she was recently discharged, so clearly Jenny’s troubles have continued after her move to Ohio.

As always, we recommend a proper background investigation, including a criminal records check, before hiring any staff member.

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Police: Ohio OMS Office Employee Swapped Painkillers for Saltwater

Brittany Roehm


A Clermont County woman is facing felony charges in Hamilton County after investigators say she stole drugs from the oral surgery center that employed her.

Madeira Police responded to the Oral Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery on Miami Avenue late October. The practice manager told police several doses of fentanyl were missing from their inventory.

Investigators said Brittany Roehm, 30, who also goes by Brittany Byland, is behind the thefts.

Court records said Roehm was employed with the practice when she allegedly began emptying vials of fentanyl and refilling the vials with saline.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever. It is comparable to morphine but considered 50 to 100 times more potent.

Investigators said she stole 10 portions of the drug, totaling to 470 mL.

Court documents said the narcotics disappeared between Sept. 6 and Oct. 18 2019.

A grand jury indicted Roehm on two felony charges, theft of drugs and tampering with drugs.

Roehm pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday. She is due back in court Jan. 22.

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Why you probably shouldn’t store your practice’s records in a storage locker


Here is a different way to carry out identity theft:

Suspects stole records, identities and cars in 33-count indictment

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a 33-count RICO indictment against four suspects on charges that include theft, identity fraud, and breaking and entering.

A press release from the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office says that Jonathan Charles Knapp, 35, and Justin Lee Goins, 26, stole information out of storage units at two separate storage locations and then opened credit cards in the stolen individuals names. The indictment also names Frank M. Abrams II, 47, and Gary Ronald Smith Jr., 39, for one count each of fraud and theft.

According to the release, Knapp and Goins rented out storage units at Simply Self-Storage and Westerville Mini Storage and, once inside, began breaking in to other storage units.

The release says that the two men not only obtained thousands of patient files from a local dentist office, they also obtained hundreds of documents from a company that prepared taxes and restored credit.

The information obtained was then used to open credit cards and lines of credit under the stolen names.

The release also alleges that a vehicle was stolen from a local Ford dealership by one of the suspects using an illegally-obtained drivers license.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O’Brien lauded several police departments and organizations responsible for their roles in the investigation.

The indictment says that Knapp has received seven counts of identity fraud, seven counts of identity fraud against a person in a protected class, two counts of breaking and entering and grand theft, five counts of theft, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Justin Lee Goins received three counts of identity fraud and theft, and one count of grand theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.


Ok — this is a bit ugly — Ex-Hospital COO Convicted In Dental Program Bribery Scheme

hills-edwardjpg-0656ad052aca1790 Update July 31, 2018: AKRON, Ohio — A former MetroHealth System executive and three dentists were found guilty of federal charges Friday for participating in a series of schemes that defrauded the Cuyahoga County hospital. The jury returned guilty verdicts on dozens of charges against Edward Hills and former MetroHealth dentists Sari Alqsous, Yazan Al-Madani and Tariq Sayegh, including racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, bribery, receipt of kickbacks and obstruction of justice. Hills was also convicted of tax charges. Jurors found Alqsous not guilty of certain bribery and mail fraud charges, but he was convicted of bribery conspiracy charges. Al-Madani was also found not guilty of four mail fraud charges. The verdict came following a weeks-long corruption trial in the federal courthouse in Akron in which jurors were inundated with records and witnesses detailing kickbacks and schemes that prosecutors said enriched all the defendants, often while using MetroHealth resources. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said all four received kickbacks, while the dentists also paid Hills in exchange for bonuses and steering business in their directions. Some evidence had a salacious spin, as prosecutors detailed kickbacks the dentists, who all emigrated from Jordan, gave to Hills for him and his girlfriends.
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Original story: CLEVELAND, Ohio — The schemes described in a federal indictment against former MetroHealth executive Edward Hills and three former hospital dentists undertook were complex, intertwined and lasted for years. They also involved about $250,000, much of which was taxpayer money. Meanwhile, Hills was being paid increasingly larger six-figure salaries for his work at the hospital system. The U.S. Attorney’s Office laid out its accusations in a 93-page indictment unsealed Tuesday, following the arrest of Hills and dentists Sari Alqsous, Yazan Al-Madani and Tariq Sayegh. The charges say the men steered MetroHealth clients and resources toward their private businesses and forced prospective residents to pay them bribes in exchange for preferential treatment. All four entered not-guilty pleas at their arraignments. The case is the culmination of an investigation that lasted more than two years and was headed by the FBI and IRS. It involves a series of cooperating witnesses. Federal prosecutors have not said whether others will face charges.

Former MetroHealth System executive Edward Hills and three dentists were arrested Tuesday morning following a grand jury’s indictment in a racketeering and corruption case involving the hospital’s Department of Oral Health and Dentistry.

Below you will find the breakdowns of the schemes in which Hills, Alqsous, Al-Madani and Sayegh are accused. All of the information is either based on the indictment or was verified through interviews and records. Benefits to Hills and the dentists Beginning in 2009, Alqsous, Al-Makani and others gave Hills bribes. They referred to the illegal payments as “thing,” “something,” “fundraisers” or “presents” and would try to tie them to Hills’ birthday or the holiday season, the indictment says. Talk of bribes would often come while Hills, Alqsous and Al-Makani texted each other about making plans to go to upscale restaurants or, on at least one occasion, a strip club in Bedford, the indictment says. In a series of messages, the indictment shows that Alqsous would text Hills and tell him that “got a little something for u” or “I told the guys about the fundraising …” The indictment says that after certain text exchanges, money would be deposited into Hills’ bank account. In one text message, Alqsous tells Al-Madani and another dentist that “With 22nd of October approaching we ll be celebrating Dr hills bday earlier this year…1000 dollars each that is the gift from the 3 sons their father,” the indictment says. Hills also accepted use of an apartment at Landmark Perry Payne in Cleveland’s Warehouse District. Alqsous rented the apartment and allowed Hills to use it with a woman with whom he had a relationship. Alqsous even purchased furniture after Hills made a request, according to the indictment. He stated in a 2013 text to Hills that “I bought your bedroom yesterday … there is mirrors everywhere … you will like it,” the indictment says. He also accepted airplane tickets for he and the woman, as well as prescriptions from Alqsous, according to the indictment. When Hills took over as interim CEO of the hospital, he told Alqsous, Al-Madani and others that he wanted a Louis Vuitton briefcase because his predecessor had a similar briefcase. The dentists bought him one at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood for $3,879, according to the indictment. Subordinates also bought him a $3,000 55-inch LED television from Best Buy for Christmas in December 2013, court documents say. They also purchased an Apple laptop for Hills’ female friend. In exchange for all of this, Alqsous, Al-Madani and others received more than $92,000 in extra bonuses from MetroHealth. Hills also let Alqsous and Al-Madani work part-time hours but remain as full-time hospital employees, the indictment says. Free labor from dental residents In 2009, an unnamed person, labeled in the indictment as a cooperating witness, reached out to Hills to see if the executive could help provide dentists for Noble Dental Clinic in East Cleveland, which he owned at the time and later turned over to Alqsous and Al-Madani, prosecutors say. Hills and the person agreed that several MetroHealth dental residents, including Alqsous and Al-Madani, would practice at the clinic on a part-time basis. He told the dentist to pay him and his company Oral Health Enrichment the wages owed to Alqsous and Al-Madani instead of paying them directly, according to the indictment. Alqsous and Al-Madani were not licensed to practice at a private firm, and were using MetroHealth’s malpractice insurance. Hills also sent later dentists to work at Noble and Buckeye Family Dental, another office operated by Alqsous and Al-Madani, the indictment shows. Bribes from prospective dental residents Alqsous, Sayegh and Al-Madani served as attending dentists at MetroHealth between 2008 and 2014. With that title came influence on who was admitted into the hospital system’s resident program, according to the indictment. The three served on panels interviewing potential residents and selected candidates who were from Jordan or trained at a Jordanian dental school in order to obtain bribes. Alqsous and Sayegh told potential residents that they would have to pay a “donation” to MetroHealth in order to receive favorable consideration. They then told the candidates to pay them directly, according to the indictment. The trio sometimes touted their access to Hills to show they had power. Alqsous and Sayegh sometimes said some of the money would go to Hills. If a candidate did not give them bribes, and they were still hired, Alqsous tried to make them work extra hours, weekends without pay or tried to fire them altogether, according to the indictment. The bribes totaled at least $75,000, prosecutors said. Oral Health Enrichment In 2009, as Hills was at the end of his tenure on the Ohio State Dental Board, he prepared to open Oral Health Enrichment, a Woodmere company that specialized in remedial training for dentists found to have committed wrongdoing. He used his connections in Ohio, Kentucky and Texas to find clients and operated it using MetroHealth resources, the indictment states. He offered to pay “referral fees” for dental board employees who sent clients to his company, according to the indictment. On January 27, 2009, he and a woman referred to as “Public Employee 1” added Oral Health Enrichment to the list of providers for remedial training in Ohio. “Public Employee 1” is believed to be Lili Reitz, the former executive director of the dental board. She has not been criminally charged. Dental care to an attorney           In July 2009, the Deer Island of Walden Condominium Association in Aurora, where Hills lived, filed a foreclosure lawsuit against Edward Hills and his wife, Carla Hills, for failing to pay association fees. Hills hired an attorney whom he had also seen as a patient. The indictment does not name the attorney, but Portage County court records show that Anthony Jordan, a former Cleveland city prosecutor and candidate for Cleveland Municipal Court judge in 2015, represented Hills in the lawsuit. Before and after the lawsuit was filed, Hills and other ordered crowns, veneers and implants for the attorney. A witness, labeled in the indictment as a cooperating witness, created a treatment plan for the attorney. Hills told the dentist to claim that the treatment for the attorney was “educational” so the attorney would not have to pay for it, court records say. The attorney received surgical dental implants on Sept. 21, 2009. This treatment continued through April 2011, as he received implants, crowns and other services from the unnamed dentist, as well as Alqsous and other dentists, the indictment says. MetroHealth did not get paid for the dental work, and Hills told the attorney to pay him directly, according to court records. The hospital system lost $24,000 as a result. Jordan did not return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment. Kickbacks for Medicaid patients Hills, Al-Madani, Alqsous and others devised a scheme to solicit kickbacks for referring Medicaid recipients to Alqsous and Al-Madani’s private dental offices, prosecutors said. Specifically, Alqsous and Al-Madani paid Hills more than $1,000 on several occasions to obtain the patients. On bank accounts they referred to the money as “consultation fees” or “profession fees,” the indictment says. According to prosecutors, Hills received more than $17,600 in kickbacks. When the MetroHealth and the FBI began investigating, the defendants referred to the payments as “repayments on loans,” even though no known loans existed, according to the indictment. Trying to obstruct justice In May 2014, Hills became aware of the federal criminal investigation. He, Alqsous, Al-Madani and others then worked to hide information from the FBI, IRS and the grand jury, prosecutors said. The trio told people to not cooperate with law enforcement, the indictment says. Al-Madani told one dentist that they should not discuss the bribery conduct with the FBI or else they could be deported, court records say. Hills told Alqsous, Al-Madani and another dentist to tell the FBI that the television and other items he received were gifts. He said to say he initially refused to accept the TV but that they insisted because of their “Middle Eastern culture,” according to the indictment. Hills, in a conversation with Alqsous, Al-Madani and a dentist who cooperated with prosecutors, said that “the s— we got ourselves in this year is because motherf—— running they mouth snitching …,”the indictment says. According to the indictment, he told them to stick together. This story has been updated to clarify what prosecutors say is the extent of Sayegh’s involvement. Content retrieved from http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2016/10/the_many_schemes_of_four_denti.html

Ohio Oral Surgery Employee Steals Fentanyl from Office


LAKEWOOD, Ohio – A local dental employee now faces drug and theft charges after she was accused of stealing Fentanyl from an oral surgeon’s office.

Karen A. Seguin reportedly used her business key to enter the oral sugary office of Brian K. Smith, DDS, MD, Inc. after hours and filled syringes with the Fentanyl.

According to court documents, Seguin then filled the Fentanyl vials with saline to mask the theft.

She told officials this happened four to five times between July 21 and Aug. 21.

Sequin was arrested on Aug. 22 by Lakewood Police.

She was charged on Monday with two counts of theft, four counts of tampering with drugs and two counts of breaking and entering.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner recently warned the public about a spike in fentanyl-related deaths. The prescription painkiller is at least 30 times more potent than heroin.

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Ohio mother and daughter sentenced for embezzling $200k from dentist


XENIA — A Xenia mother and her daughter were sentenced on Thursday to four years in prison for embezzling money over a five- year-period from a local dental surgeon for whom they worked.

However, Judge Stephen Wolaver agreed to delay the start of prison terms for Alberta Faye Clark, 68, and Tammie L. Creamer, 43, until Feb. 8. Defense lawyers indicated both hoped to win their release after six months behind bars.

Still unresolved is how much Clark and Creamer owe in restitution. The charges accused them of stealing more than $160,000. Wolaver ruled this should be settled in a lawsuit filed by Dr. Clarence L. Thomas III — Clark’s and Creamer’s employer until August 2005.

Thomas claimed Clark and Creamer “used the positions of trust that they held to siphon” the money from his business accounts.

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Ohio woman embezzled $26,500 from dentist; sentenced to 15 months in prison

summer salm HAMILTON — A woman who embezzled $26,500 from a West Chester Twp. dental office will spend the next 15 months in prison. Summer Salm, 34, of Franklin was sentenced by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of theft by deception in August. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Salm worked for Dr. Joel Koch in his dental offices as a billing clerk. When people paid their co-pays, Gmoser said Salm would enter the amount in the computer, give the patient a receipt and then erase the payment and pocket the cash. The second prong to her “elaborate scam” was to bill her insurance for false medical claims for family members and then retain the 80 percent insurance payment, according to Gmoser. He credited his assistant prosecutor Susan Schultz and West Chester Twp. Det. Jim Thomas for securing Salm’s conviction. “This was an outstanding effort by our ‘white-collar’ team,” Gmoser said. “It takes a lot of diligence and keen investigative skills to put together a successful financial fraud case, and with the assistance of Detective Thomas, Assistant Prosecutor Schultz was able to present a very clear case to the jury.”
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