We previously wrote about Jill D’Angelo, who embezzled more than $475,000, HERE.
However, it appears that not everybody looks at our Hall of Shame, because after spending 41 months in prison, Jill has been at it again. Here is a recent news article showing what Jill has been up to. She has now joined an exclusive fraternity known as the Half Million Dollar Club.
A former dental office manager from Pleasant Hills on federal probation after spending 41 months in prison for health care fraud has been at it again, this time using a different name, the FBI says.
Jill Bowser, who had previously been known by her married name, Jill D’Angelo, is charged in U.S. District Court again with embezzlement in connection with a dental practice in Turtle Creek where she worked and forging prescriptions for narcotic painkillers so she could sell the pills.
Bowser, who is in her early 50s, came to the FBI’s attention in January when U.S. probation officers said they were concerned she was forging prescriptions for opioids.
Formerly an office manager of a dental practice in Pleasant Hills, she was convicted of embezzling $475,000 from 2003 to 2010 and was sentenced in 2012 to 41 months behind bars. Since her release in 2014, she’s been using the Bowser name.
In a complaint filed under seal on Tuesday, the FBI said Bowser had been working at a dental office called Steel City Dental Associates in Turtle Creek and had been forging painkiller prescriptions purportedly written by a dentist there identified as “R.K.” The FBI said RK is a dentist at the practice but did not authorize any prescriptions for Bowser.
FBI Agent Ryan Melder said in an affidavit that Bowser also forged the names of other dentists to obtain over 100 prescriptions for painkillers in her name or the names of her relatives and filled them at area pharmacies between 2016 and this year.
Security camera footage shows her at the pharmacies picking up the prescriptions, according to the affidavit.
Agent Melder said he also had the owner of the practice record a conversation with Bowser during which she admitted that she had forged prescriptions and sold the pills “because she needed money.”
The agent said his investigation revealed that Bowser was also diverting checks from insurance companies that were supposed to go to the business bank account but instead went to her own account. From 2016 to January 2018, she deposited 129 checks for about $87,000.
Bowser appeared Tuesday before a federal magistrate judge and waived a detention hearing.
A dentist with troubles of his own is the complainant in another felony case with thousands of dollars missing from a Bellefonte business.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Bellefonte police, an investigation began into a reported theft at the Bellefonte Family Dentistry. A detective met in Februrary 2016 with owner Wade Newman, who advised that he was alerted to a situation where checks, deposits and insurance payments were not adding up to the end of day total balances.
Newman told the investigator he had compared deposits against dental work being done versus the money deposited in the bank and found discrepancies, police said. He also provided paperwork to the police detailing the differences.
On further investigation, police determined that office manager Roslyn Noll, 56, was “solely entrusted with the handling of payments and deposits of the business’s money.” Investigators were also told that she was frequently late when depositing checks, leading to patients calling into the office to inquire about checks not being cashed.
Newman said he confronted Noll about the discrepancies. Police said she allegedly admitted to the wrongdoing and offered to pay back the funds. She was placed on suspension and ultimately let go from the business.
Newman conducted a larger audit, police said, which concluded that Noll “failed to properly carry out her duties as office manager, and engaged in a theft scheme, where Noll would remove cash from the business and cover the theft by substituting checks written by other patients.”
Newman reportedly provided police with the 25-page report which showed $46,883 was taken from the business from January 2014 through December 2015.
Officers spoke with Noll in November 2016 at which time she
was informed there was an audit of the business indicating a large amount of money had been taken, police said, and a was suspected of ordering a “larger than normal” order of Tramadol — a narcotic used to treat pain — through Newman’s federal drug ID.
Noll allegedly admitted ordering the Tramadol for herself, police said. Three misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and three more of procuring a controlled substance have been made through the state attorney general’s office in a separate filing. Bail in that case is set at $50,000 unsecured.
When confronted about the missing money, Noll said she had been going through some difficult times and started taking small amounts of cash to pay bills, police said. She reportedly would hold cash deposits, then use insurance checks to pay back the cash she had kept earlier.
Then she claimed it “it got out of hand,” according to police. She reported she had no idea exactly when she started the activity or how much was taken.
Noll provided police with statements regarding both the missing money and the Tramadol, police said.
Noll was arraigned and charged with one felony count of theft by unlawful taking, court documents said. Unsecured bail was set at $100,000 and she waived a preliminary hearing on the matter on Wednesday. The case now moves to the county Court of Common Pleas and toward trial.
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.
A former office manager of Pittsburgh Ear Nose and Throat Associates admitted Friday that she embezzled more than $800,000 from the medical practice over five years.
Regina Lewis, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon to a count of embezzlement in connection with health care.
Judge Bissoon will sentence her in August.
Ms. Lewis and her lawyer, Ryan Tutera, declined to comment as they left the courtroom.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Melucci said Ms. Lewis, who lives in the borough of Liberty outside McKeesport, managed the practice’s six locations from its Liberty Avenue office in Bloomfield and was responsible for paying bills, depositing checks and other financial oversight.
He said that from 2011 to 2016, she deposited company checks into her own PNC Bank account and made purchases for herself using the business’ credit card. She also wrote checks to herself drawn from the company’s pension fund.
Mr. Melucci said she used the money to make personal purchases from StubHub, Ticketmaster, Giant Eagle, Kohl’s and other businesses. Unlike many large-scale embezzlers, she apparently did not use the money for any big-ticket purchases such as cars or real estate.
Asked by the judge whether she agreed with the prosecutor’s recitation of her crimes, Ms. Lewis said yes.
The estimated loss is $818,000, for which Ms. Lewis will likely be ordered to pay restitution from any future earnings.
The medical practice discovered the missing money last year and contacted the FBI, which handled the case.
Ms. Lewis was charged by complaint on March 14 and indicated three days later that she would plead.
She remains free on a $10,000 bond pending sentencing.
No one from the medical practice returned messages Friday. Allegheny Health Network, which acquired the business in 2014, had no comment.
Fifteen charged in Northampton County illegal prescription/heroin ring
Posted Apr 7, 2008 at 4:03 PM
Fifteen people were charged Monday with passing fraudulent prescriptions, illegally distributing Percocet and exchanging heroin for prescription drugs in Northampton County, the state Attorney General’s Office said.The office gives the following account based on its investigation and grand jury testimony:
Operation Bad Scripts began in January after an Easton pharmacist contacted agents regarding two fraudulent Percocet prescriptions from a Phillipsburg, N.J., dentist with two distinctly different signatures. Melinda Miller, 26, of Bangor, was a receptionist at the Phillipsburg dental office when the fraudulent descriptions were discovered.
The dentist rarely prescribed Percocet pills and 27 out of 33 of his patients received Percocet prescriptions that were not legitimate.
Donald Smith, 30, of Easton, and James Bruneio, 21, currently in Northampton County Prison, introduced Miller to local drug users who either bought forged prescriptions for $60 to $100 apiece or filled Percocet prescriptions for her.
Using her own and others’ identities to acquire Percocet pills, Miller forged each prescription in the amount of 30 pills and passed them to pharmacies between October and January. Miller had bags of heroin given to those filling prescriptions for her and then sold the filled Percocet prescriptions to buy more heroin for herself.
Also charged in this scheme are the following:
-*- Ezra Poff, 27, Michael Graziano, Keith Jumper and Michael Christopher, all 19, Ricardo Cabrera, 24, Stefanie Gresiak, 44, and Kyle Bonatz, 22, all of Easton.
-*- William Moulton, 23, and Kyle Linn, 19, both currently in Northampton County Prison.
-*- Melissa Anderson, 25, and Travis Lippincott, 24, both of Riegelsville.
-*- Sean Handlovic, 19, of Lock Haven.
Deputy Attorney General Amy Phillips of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force will prosecute the case.
A former employee of a Wyomissing dental office was arrested hours after he broke into the business and stole a safe containing a recent shipment of gold and silver used in making dental crowns, borough police said Tuesday.
Officers apprehended Jeffrey L. Milam, 43, about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, the morning after the break-in of American Dental Solutions, 1301 Penn Ave., was discovered.
An officer spotted him getting into a taxi cab in the 1100 block of Penn Avenue.
Police said Milam bolted from the cab but was caught in a nearby parking lot after a foot chase.
Milam, formerly of Shillington but now homeless, was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail after arraignment Saturday before District Judge Ann L. Young in Reading Central Court.
He is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and four counts of theft from a motor vehicle.
Information about Milam’s employment with American Dental Solutions was not available.
According to police:
Officers responded to American Dental Solutions about 7:45 p.m. Friday for a report of a possible burglary in process.
The owner, Justin Damore, found a back door had been damaged.
Earlier in the evening, police were called after a remote garage-door opener was taken from a van belonging to the business that was parked on the street.
Police checked the building but and found no one inside. They learned that after several unsuccessful attempts to enter by prying open the door, the burglar entered via the garage door.
Damore checked to see if anything was missing and found a safe had been taken from a back room. The garage door opener was found nearby.
Damore told police precious metals worth more than $8,000 that had just been shipped to the business were in the safe.
Security camera footage showed a man he recognized as Milam entering the garage and heading to the back room where he picked up the safe and left, shutting the garage door behind him.
Throughout the night, police continued to search for Milam, at one point catching a glimpse of him in an alley between Hill and Penn Avenue, until Officer Bryan McIntrye spotted the suspect getting into the cab.
After he was arrested, Milam was taken to the police station and searched. Officers found numerous electronics and other consumer items that were taken from cars.
He told police that he entered several unlocked car the previous night on Reading Avenue, the parking lot of Viva Bistro & Lounge and the 700 block of Penn Avenue in West Reading.
Milam said that after stealing the safe from the dental office, he walked along the railroad tracks that run parallel to Penn Avenue and hid the safe near the tracks, then walked into Reading.
He returned to Wyomissing early the next morning to recover the safe and entered vehicles along the way.
Police Chief Jeffrey R. Biehl said police recovered the safe.
When Teresa Young pleaded guilty to stealing money from her former employer, she agreed to repay $10,334.
Her former employer, Dr. Duane A. Gruber, has filed a civil suit alleging that she stole much more – about $1 million.
Gruber also sued Young’s husband, Wayne, alleging he conspired with her to steal the money and benefited from her illegal doings.
The Youngs deny that Wayne knew what his wife was doing, and agree with the accusations only so far as to what she admitted in her criminal case.
Gruber, a dentist, charged Mrs. Young with conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, and both Youngs, of 358 Kennard-Osgood Road, Sugar Grove Township, with conspiracy and unjust enrichment.
Gruber, whose dental practice is in Hempfield Township, said he was alerted by the IRS in about January 2011 of “significant financial irregularities.”
He hired a dental practice consultant to investigate the practice’s finances and come up with policies and procedures to improve management and productivity.
The consultant discovered that Young misappropriated funds, the suit said.
Gruber alleged Young manipulated financial records and patient bills, inflated supply purchasing, misappropriated cash payments and distorted bookkeeping, collections and billings.
Young denied the allegations, other then to admit writing 18 checks to herself or credit card companies for $8,600 on a Gruber account.
Gruber also alleged that Young contracted for better medical and vision benefits for herself, ordered excess dental supplies, gave her family and friends free dental care and manipulated office hours and payroll to receive additional and unearned pay for vacation days.
Young denied all of those allegations. She said all treatment received by family members complied with company policy, and that dental supplies were ordered by someone else.
Gruber charged that Young used the stolen money to buy horses and equipment and pay expenses for the family business, Young’s Performance Horses, allegations the Youngs denied.
As far as Wayne Young’s involvement, the Youngs said he had no knowledge of his wife’s illegal activities, and received no direct benefit from them.
The sides could not agree on Young’s duties during her 20 years with Gruber, with Young arguing she had far less control of the practice than Gruber alleged.
Notice of the suit was filed Jan. 28, 2013, while the complaint was not filed until May 1.
The Young’s filed their answer May 29, the day Mrs. Young was paroled from jail after being sentenced in November to serve 11è to 23 months.
NEWELL-A Newell woman is facing charges that she embezzled money from a Beaver, Pa., dentist’s office where she worked as a secretary.
Stacey Marie Franczek, 38, of Harrison Street in Newell, has been charged with felony counts of theft, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and forgery for allegedly stealing more than $4,100 from the dentist’s office of Dr. Pamela Crumrine, a Beaver police report said.
Franczek is accused of taking 32 checks intended for Crumrine-21 personal patient checks and 11 insurance checks-and depositing them for her own use, according to a complaint filed by Beaver police Detective James DeGori.
Beaver police began investigating Franczek in February after Crumrine reported that a former office receptionist/secretary was under suspicion of forgery and theft. The dentist provided copies of two checks that had been submitted by patients but had been made payable to Franczek, the report said.
Crumrine began an internal investigation when she received a letter from a patient saying that the “pay to the order of” section of the check had been made out to Franczek, the report said. Another patient said he did not make the check payable to anyone because he had been advised the office had a stamp for that purpose.
In March, Beaver police executed a search warrant at PNC Bank and discovered 32 checks intended for Crumrine that Franczek allegedly had deposited into her personal checking account, the report said.
In an interview with police, Franczek allegedly admitted that she had taken the checks and deposited them into her bank account, the report said. The amount totalled $4,188.50.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former employee of a Cumberland County dental practice is charged with stealing more than $2,000 from the business.
Gina L. Stahlnecker, 48, of Etters, manipulated a company account so that she alone would receive checks without her employer’s knowledge, Upper Allen Township police said.
According to charging documents, Stahlnecker, a dental assistant, confessed to her employer that on one occasion several years ago, she took dental scrap metal such as removed fillings, caps, and bridges and sold it for money she shared with the staff.
The owner then contacted the company’s contracted metal refinery and learned it had been sending checks to Stahlnecker’s address since 2005, the complaint states. The checks totaled $2,363.52.
Stahlnecker is charged with forgery, tampering with records or identification, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, and deceptive business practices. She has been fired from her job.
She turned herself in on Wednesday and was released on $4,000 unsecured bail.
NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP – A Warminster woman is under arrest, charged with embezzling more than $355,790 from the Newtown Veterinary Hospital.
Trisha Lynn McLaughlin, 36, of East Street Road in Warminster, turned herself into police on Thursday after Detective Charles Palko Jr. filed charges that she misappropriated funds from her employer.
McLaughlin is facing first degree felony charges for dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, second degree felony forgery for unauthorized act in writing and third degree felonies of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property.
McLaughlin was processed at Northampton Township Police headquarters and was arraigned via video by Judge Donald Nasshorn. She was released ROR on $250,000 bail.
Detective Palko began his investigation in Feb. 2012 when the owner of the Newtown Veterinary Hospital (N.V.H.) came to police headquarters to report that McLaughlin, in her capacity as the practice manager at N.V.H., had embezzled funds in the range of $80,000.
McLaughlin was hired in March 2001 as a senior veterinary technician and in March 2006 became the practice manager at N.V.H.
In her capacity as practice manager, McLaughlin was responsible for meeting financial objectives and for accounts payable, payroll and budget. Her position provided access, use and control of N.V.H. accounts, including bank and credit card accounts and control of N.V.H. accounting ledger and/or software. She was fired in Dec. 2011 because misappropriation of funds was discovered that started at $3,000, but quickly grew, police said.
In his initial report to law enforcement authorities, police said the owner/victim told police that checks would be written out to McLaughlin from the business and she would cash them. She also would over pay herself in the pay-roll, police said.
The company charge card also was used to make personal purchases such as fuel oil for her home, police said. In addition, police said McLaughlin purchased gift certificates that were to be used as gifts for other employees but failed to give them to the appropriate employees.
In Dec. 2011 the owner of N.V.H was notified by his bank of a discrepancy involving McLaughlin personally withdrawing $4,700 from his Money Market account without his authorization.
While conducting a year-long investigation, Detective Palko discovered that many of the financial records had been destroyed by McLaughlin before her employment was terminated.
Police said the owner of N.V.H. advised Det. Palko that he had received numerous correspondences from McLaughlin, via e-mail, regarding her termination. Specifically, McLaughlin denied stealing from N.V.H., but considered herself as borrowing money with intention to pay it back and pleaded with the owner not to go to the authorities or deny her unemployment benefits.
During the course of communication via e-mail, police said the owner inquired about the PayPal account established for N.V.H. for which he did not have the log-in information to access the account. Det. Palko was able to obtain the PayPal records.
A review of the transaction log history by Det. Palko, from Feb. 20, 2008 to Dec. 27, 2011, revealed $16,098.09 in unauthorized transactions. The PayPal transaction log history confirmed that the items were shipped to McLaughlin at her home address in Warminster, police said.
Detective Palko’s review of N.V.H. accounts also revealed discrepancies and misappropriation of funds associated with N.V.H. bank accounts, credit card accounts and payroll. Palko also determined that McLaughlin failed to maintain accurate accounting records, retain past account statements and altered Quick Book entries relating to unauthorized transactions.
Police said unauthorized transactions included the purchase of clothes, shoes, home heating fuel, hair salon and membership fees to the Newtown Athletic Club.
Monthly bank statements, police said, also revealed payments being made for additional accounts with Verizon and PECO, not affiliated with N.V.H., as well as car payments for the vehicle McLaughlin was driving.
McLaughlin also maintained N.V.H. business accounts with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sam’s Club, and Costco and was the principal purchaser of paper products and cleaning supplies relating to the day-to-day operations of N.V.H.
Det. Palko obtained purchase history reports from the wholesale clubs, itemizing the products purchased by McLaughlin using the wholesale club ID number. The bulk of the items purchased, police said, consisted of household products, perishable groceries, electronics, baby supplies, clothing and gift cards in $100 and $200 amounts.
Based on the itemized purchase history reports, Det. Palko determined that McLaughlin made $50,601.58 in unauthorized purchases from wholesale clubs, for goods and services that did not benefit the Newtown Veterinary Hospital.
Police said additional illegal activities committed by McLaughlin include inflating the pay rates for herself, her husband and other select employees, not withholding payroll deductions for medical and dental benefits for herself and her husband along with numerous other deductions that were not withheld from the paychecks were discovered. A review of accounts also uncovered that McLaughlin’s mismanagement of the business daycare center caused a loss of revenue discrepancies that totaled $85,194.77, police said.
As Detective Palko continued his extensive investigation he exposed numerous other fraudulent financial activities that led back to McLaughlin and the $355,790.00 listed as the total loss suffered by N.V.H.