Elizabeth Ann Eisert convicted of embezzling $450k from Oregon dentist; sentenced to 60 months

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Name: Eisert, Elizabeth Ann
Age: 66
DOB: 1/1947
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5′ 3″ (1.60 m)
Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
SID: 12401446
Location: Washington County Community Corrections
Status: PostPrison/Parole Board
Earliest Release Date: 1/09/2015
Institution Admission Date: 1/10/2013
Names / Aliases:
Last Name First Middle Type
EISERT ELIZABETH Alias
EISERT ELIZABETH ANN Court Name
EISERT ELIZABETH ANN IRSName
EISERT ELIZABETH A AltCourt
Charges:
Docket Number County Crime Sentence Type Begin Date Termination Date
C972885CR/01 WASH THEFT I Probation Sentence 03/09/1998 09/14/1999
C082027CR/01 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 04/14/2010
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/02 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 07/21/2011
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/03 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 10/28/2012
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/04 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 01/10/2013
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/04 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 01/31/2010
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/05 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 04/14/2010
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/06 WASH THEFT I AGGRAVATED Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 04/14/2010
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013
C082027CR/07 WASH AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT Inmate Sentence 01/27/2009 04/14/2010
Post Prison Supervision Sent 01/10/2013

Oregon Bookkeeper bags nearly half a million dollars, builds swimming pool. Sentenced to three years.

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Sometimes being too trusting can end up costing you a lot of money.

Medford dentist Sandra Carmeci found this out to the tune of more than $160,000 after her bookkeeper reportedly forged checks and racked up credit card bills in the office’s name over the course of several years.

Medford financial detectives believe Jodi Lynne Setzer, 42, of Central Point, made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars from small businesses in Medford, Phoenix and Rainier by ingratiating herself with the owners.

Winning their trust turned into a lucrative scheme after Setzer allegedly began financing her lifestyle, which included building a pool in her yard and buying clothes, with allegedly embezzled funds, police said.

“Unfortunately, it’s this trust that makes people victims,” Medford police Sgt. Brent Mak said.

Carmeci employed Setzer as her bookkeeper for nearly 10 years. During that time, the two became close, Carmeci said.

“I knew her kid and her family,” she said. “It’s been a difficult year. The deception is the hardest thing, when you find out a friend is not a friend.”

Carmeci became suspicious when some red flags appeared in the practice’s business accounts. A check of the books turned up about $80,000 in embezzled funds siphoned off the business and into Setzer’s wallet.

“At first I didn’t even want to call the police because I knew her and her kid so well,” Carmeci said. “We eventually worked out a deal where she paid me back.”

However, more and more losses were found over time, which eventually added up to more than $160,000, Carmeci said.

The last straw came when Carmeci found that thousands of illegal painkiller prescriptions were collected by Setzer. Carmeci called the police after that discovery.

Meanwhile, Stephen Petersen, a Rainier attorney, was digging through his own books and finding close to $300,000 in losses. He, too, had hired Setzer as a bookkeeper for his law business.

“Honestly, I don’t know how much she got me for,” Petersen said. “I just knew that I should have been doing better than I was. Come to find out, I was losing a lot of money.”

Detectives also contacted the Phoenix-based Noel Lesley Event Services, where Setzer had worked as a bookkeeper for a few months in 2011. In that time, police allege, Setzer wrote several fraudulent checks and made unauthorized fund transfers, with a loss of $39,200.

Financial detectives believe all of this could have been avoided if the business owners had installed a checks-and-balances system in the bookkeeping process.

“You never want just one person handling your finances,” Mak said. “And if you do, then you want to have regular, random audits of the books to see if everything is copacetic.”

Both Carmeci and Petersen said they never noticed the money disappearing from their businesses because the thefts were made gradually, over a period of years. In the end, it added up.

“When you’re running a practice and have a family, you sometimes don’t have time to look closely at the books,” Carmeci said. “But I won’t make that mistake again.”

Setzer faces a number of felony charges, including 10 counts of aggravated theft and first-degree theft. She is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on March 18 in Jackson County Circuit Court


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Embezzler gets three years for scheme

A Central Point bookkeeper was sentenced to three years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than a quarter-million dollars she embezzled from local business owners who entrusted her while unwittingly fueling her lavish lifestyle.

A Central Point bookkeeper was sentenced to three years in prison and was ordered to pay back more than a quarter-million dollars she embezzled from local business owners who entrusted her while unwittingly fueling her lavish lifestyle.

Under a plea deal, Jodi Lynne Setzer, 42, pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated identity theft, six counts of aggravated theft and two counts of first-degree theft stemming from two different cases.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Setzer to serve two years’ probation and to pay more than $263,000 to the bilked business owners, who include a local event planner and a dentist who considered her a good friend.

Setzer was taken into custody immediately after the brief 11 a.m. hearing.

Most embezzlement cases like these are tied to people with drug, alcohol or gambling problems, but those vices were not in Setzer’s background, Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said outside of court.In Setzer’s case, she skimmed money from her employers to live a few notches above what she could earn legitimately, Markiewicz said.

She had a child at one time in a Medford private school and had a pool built in her backyard, according to investigators.

“It was feeding a lifestyle that she really didn’t have enough money for,” Markiewicz said.

“In a lot of these cases, you have people who tend to have their vices,” he said. “She’s not the typical person to do this.”

However, Setzer’s case started as a drug investigation in July 2012 when the dentist for whom she worked as a bookkeeper suspected Setzer was using the dentist’s identity to obtain fraudulent prescriptions for the drug hydrocodone, commonly known by the trade name Vicodin.

Investigators later learned through the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that she had forged about 150 prescriptions for about 7,800 hydrocodone doses.

When she and husband Jason Setzer were arrested two weeks later, police found no illegal prescription drugs in their possession, so their case was handled as theft and record tampering, Markiewicz said.

Investigators discovered Setzer used electronic transfers from her employer’s account to pay her personal bills, investigators said.

That employer alone saw almost $205,000 siphoned from her business account by Setzer between April 2007 and April 2012, according to prosecutors. Setzer worked for that dentist for 13 years, prosecutors said.

“She was stealing money from a lot of people for a lot longer time than she was getting hydrocodone,” Markiewicz said.

Setzer’s bank records also revealed that she stole money in similar fashion from two other victims, identified by investigators as a local event planner and a Rainier attorney.

Jason Setzer has an Aug. 13 court hearing scheduled for a change of plea in his case. He faces four counts of aggravated identity theft for his alleged part in the prescription medication fraud, court records show.

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Embezzlement ran in this Oregon family

The ex-wife of a convicted embezzler has admitted to stealing more than $20,000 from a local dental office.

Cassandra Sam on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree theft before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge William Purdy.

Sam, 36, embezzled the money over a period of several years from her previous employer, Dr. Todd Holton. She received 64 hours of community service and 18 months’ probation and was ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the dentist, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack.

Sam initially blamed other employees for the missing cash, Barnack said.

“She was pointing her finger at everyone else, but it was her,” he said.

It was Sam who helped Barnack successfully prosecute Wesley Pettegrew, 38, for stealing from the now-closed Medford sporting goods store, McKenzie Outfitters, in 2004, he said.

“She assisted me in the prosecution of her husband, and the whole time she was stealing from the dental office,” said Barnack.

“Maybe they were learning how to do it from each other,” he added.

Pettegrew pleaded guilty in July 2004 to six separate charges for his actions after police found canoes, boots, sunglasses and other goods stored at their home, Barnack said.

“Everything you could think of that might be at a sporting goods store, he had in his garage and his shed,” said Barnack.

Pettegrew was sentenced to 19 months in jail and paid more than $30,000 in restitution, he said.

Sam followed in the path of her former husband when she opted to plead guilty to the theft charges rather than face a jury trial, he said.

Sam wept in court and said just one word before hearing her sentence, Barnack said.

“She looked over at the Holtons and said, ‘Sorry,’ ” he said.

Sam’s sentence did not include jail time as it was her first offense, Barnack said. But pleading guilty to the felony thefts puts her in line for prison time if she offends again, he added.

“The next time she commits a theft, she goes to the penitentiary,” he said.


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Woman helps prosecutors convict husband of stealing was stealing from her own boss

Turns out a Medford-area woman who helped prosecutors build an embezzlement case against her husband had problems of her own, this morning’s Medford Mail Tribune reports. She, too, was stealing from her boss.

The ex-wife of a convicted embezzler has admitted to stealing more than $20,000 from a local dental office.Cassandra Sam on Monday pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft and two counts of second-degree theft before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge William Purdy.

Sam, 36, embezzled the money over a period of several years from her previous employer, Dr. Todd Holton. She received 64 hours of community service and 18 months’ probation and was ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the dentist, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Tim Barnack.

Sam initially blamed other employees for the missing cash, Barnack said.

“She was pointing her finger at everyone else, but it was her,” he said.

It was Sam who helped Barnack successfully prosecute Wesley Pettegrew, 38, for stealing from the now-closed Medford sporting goods store, McKenzie Outfitters, in 2004, he said.

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Oregon dental staffer faces $42K embezzlement charges

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Ranell Daringer, 29, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday and was arraigned on a grand jury indictment following an investigation by the Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes…

PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN 6) — A local dentist was hours away from being evicted, and his business shut down, because his former office manager failed to make payments on the lease, and pocketed the cash for herself, according to office staff.

Rob Yauger is the current manager for Dr. David Carothers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. He said he was able to talk with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in time to stop them from seizing the office as Carothers and his staff worked to rebuild the business after a former employee stole more than $42,000.

Ranell Daringer, 29, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday and was arraigned on a grand jury indictment following an investigation by the Portland Police Bureau’s White Collar Crimes Unit. The indictment charges her with four counts of aggravated first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of theft by deception.

According to court records, Daringer stole the money between March 28, 2011 and Nov. 7, 2013. Officials said Daringer was the former front office manager and had almost complete control over the dentist office finances. Yauger said when collection agencies would  call, Daringer would hide them from Carothers.

Yauger said the business is slowly getting back on its feet and is working to rebuild its reputation with credit companies, other businesses and customers.

“It was a lot of money,” Yauger said.

He said he first discovered things weren’t right when he noticed time card and payroll discrepancies. The alleged theft, Yauger said, impacted the entire business. Many of the employees had payroll checks that bounced.

“If there was a way she could steal money, she pretty much did it,” Yauger said.

Yauger said when he noticed the discrepancies, he went through two years of bank and deposit records and noticed the missing funds. He eventually contacted police to help with the investigation. Officials determined that Daringer inflated her salary and stole cash payments that should have been deposited in the bank, Yauger said.

“We did our due diligence,” Yauger said.

He encouraged other businesses to do the same and contact law enforcement if they believe something is wrong. Police said employers should not feel embarrassed or fearful of reporting crimes of embezzlement.

“We don’t look at it as our fault,” Yauger said. “We just want to make sure we’re not burned again.”

Daringer entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday. She is scheduled to be in court April 8.

She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center after her arraignment, but was then released on her own recognizance.

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The Importance of Doing a Proper Investigation

A dentist in Oregon has learned the hard way that accusing employees of embezzlement without having a proper foundation for such accusations can have repercussions when two former employees of the McMinville practice of Dr. James Nelson were awarded a combined $838,000 in damages.  Here is the story from local news outlet KOIN-TV


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two former employees who were accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a McMinnville dental practice were not only cleared of any wrongdoing, they were awarded nearly $850,000 by a jury.

In 2015, Linda Hixson and Sherry McMullen were arrested and charged with theft, credit card fraud, forgery and computer crimes from Advanced Smile Design, a family-owned dental practice in McMinnville.

The practice is owned by Dr. James P. Nelson.

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Court documents revealed Hixson worked for Nelson for 23 years and McMullen for 24 years when Nelson filed the complaint against them.

After a 13-day trial, a jury found them not guilty of any wrongdoing and said Nelson, through Advanced Smile Design, “maliciously initiated criminal proceedings” against both of them.

The jury then awarded Hixson $425,000 in damages, while McMullen was awarded $413,596.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, the Hixson family said:

“We’d like to thank the jurors for acting on behalf of the local community to finally bring justice in this case. Their unanimous decision gives vindication to our families, and we can now move on from this unwarranted and malicious transgression.”

Nelson’s office referred a call for comment from KOIN 6 News to their attorney, Mitchell J. Cogen. In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Cogen said:

“We appreciate the jury’s service, but we are very disappointed with the verdict. The evidence at trial did not support the jury’s verdict and we are considering all available post-trial options.”

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Fat chance he will see this money — Oregon embezzler ordered to repay $955K

In September, Yvette King plead guilty to one count each of first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A woman who police and prosecutors say stole close to a million dollars from a local dentist was ordered to repay the full amount and will spend nearly five years in prison.

In September, Yvette King plead guilty to one count each of first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft. Originally, a grand jury charged her with six counts of first-degree theft, four counts of aggravated first-degree theft, seven counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of identity theft.

In court documents, King admits that between April 2012 and Oct. 2012, she “knowingly” stole money from the Downtown Dental Associates. Police say King was a former employee at the dental office.

The total amount of restitution King has been ordered to re-pay is $823,482.43. When she is released from prison, she will be on probation for three years.

The case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau White Collar Crimes Unit.

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Name: King, Yvette
Age: 46
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Arresting Agency: Portland Criminal Court
Booking Date: 11/10/2015 at 09:29
Projected Release Date: N/A
SWIS ID: 789208
Assigned Facility: MCDC
Charges:
Court Case No. DA Case No. Citation No. Charge Bail Status
15CR14189 None None AGGRAVATED THEFT I (B Felony) $0 Prison
15CR14189 None None AGGRV IDENTITY THEFT (B Felony) $0 Prison