From the UK — this woman got her start embezzling from a dentist and moved on to much bigger things

Serial conwoman on six figure salary defrauded almost £2 MILLION from two companies she worked for

Evelyn Gore-Strachan 17:15, 25 APR 2016 UPDATED 18:06, 25 APR 2016 BY ANDY CARSWELL An accountant conned two companies out of almost £2 million after she abused her position as finance director to embezzle cash . Evelyn Gore-Strachan, 42, today began her 12-year sentence after she stole money from the two jobs, despite earning a six-figure sum. She siphoned more than £800,000 out of the accounts of the first company, before jumping ship when she learned she was being made redundant and stealing a further £1 million from the second. Incredibly she started defrauding the second company within weeks of starting work – in a bid to pay back the money she had stolen from the first firm. And it emerged on Friday afternoon that Gore-Strachan had secured the trusted positions by failing to tell either firm that she had previously been jailed – having conned a dental company where she worked out of money a staggering 33 times. Gore-Strachan managed to get a pay rise to £132,000-a-year from the second firm she worked for after convincing them she was doing a good job for them – when in reality they later had to make workers redundant because they had been left significantly out of pocket by her offending. The Zimbabwean national, who owns a five bedroomed house, was sent back to prison and barred from being a company director for the next 15 years by a judge who described her actions as being “about as bad a case as there could be.” Gore-Strachan used a total of 35 accounts to hide her ill-gotten gains, setting up bogus accounts for firms with similar-sounding names to those that she worked for in a bid to avoid detection. Other accounts were created for completely fictitious companies, many of which had her as the sole director, a court heard. On one occasion when suspicious colleagues phoned a number on an invoice to query it, Gore-Strachan answered the phone but disguised her voice. Prosecutor Michael Roques told Reading crown court that between 2008 and 2012, the 42-year-old managed to steal a total of £809,776 from Webtech Wireless, a Vancouver-based software firm that had an office in Reading, Berks. She earned an annual salary of £44,000 in this post, which included bookkeeping and filing the company’s tax and employee PAYE returns. In spring 2012 the firm announced it was to close its Reading office and Gore-Strachan would be among the employees to be made redundant. It wasn’t until the following year that the company discovered a number of problems with legitimate commission payments to another firm, Globetec, which had been authorized by Gore-Strachan. “It became apparent the commission payments meant to be paid to Globetec had been paid into a UK Abbey National bank account,” Mr Roques told the court. An investigation showed that the money was being paid into the account of Pro Clean Services UK Ltd, Mr Roques said. It also emerged that a request to change bank account details was made using a bogus email address that was similar to those used by Globetec. Mr Roques told the court: “It diverted payments to a Barclays account with the name Globetex Ltd. The defendant, it was established, was the director of Globetex, no doubt set up to mimic Globetec in order to further the fraud.” Two full-scale investigations were launched and it emerged that Gore-Strachan had pocketed more than £800,000 from Webtech Wireless. The company recovered the losses through its insurers and Gore-Strachan made an arrangement with the insurance firm that she would repay £300,000. She made a lump sum payment of £260,000 – which, Mr Roques said, she had obtained by falsifying authorization from a colleague at the second firm she ended up defrauding, Britannia Pharmaceuticals. Whilst working there she twice transferred out more than £200,000 into bank accounts she set up with names similar to a Japanese firm linked to Britannia, the court was told. In total she stole £1,000,614 from them – leading to the confidence in the company and its share price to fall, resulting in staff being laid off or having bonus payments withheld. That was despite Gore-Strachan “using her charm” to negotiate an increased bonus from 15 percent to 25 percent, in line with other bosses at the firm, and a pay rise from £112,000 to £132,000, Mr Roques told the court. A complex police investigation led to Gore-Strachan eventually being charged with nine counts of fraud. Mr Roques added that Gore-Strachan had worked for a third firm, Par XL, in between her employment at Webtech Wireless and Britannia Pharmaceuticals. She has admitted defrauding money out of them as well, but the company is not chasing a prosecution as they believe any money they recoup will be outweighed by the cost of the investigation, Mr Roques told the judge sitting at Reading Crown Court. Mike Phillips, defending, said his client had been married for more than 20 years and had two daughters, the eldest of whom attended Imperial College.
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Plea agreement reached in Colorado dental office embezzlement; 90-day sentence. Had previous record. Now teaching children.


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Charged with stealing more than $23,000, Jessica Hernandez, 32, of Cortez fought back tears June 17 during a plea agreement.

As Chief District Judge Doug Walker read the three-page plea agreement in open court, Hernandez wrestled to keep her emotions hidden as she stood next to her attorney, Kelly McCabe. During the proceeding, Hernandez apologized to the victim, and told Walker that she agreed to the plea in order to move forward with her life.

“I’m guilty, and I want to make that right,” said Hernandez, also known as Jessica Tozer.

Court records show Hernandez was officially charged with theft Feb. 19 for embezzling $23,682.40 from San Juan Dental. Records indicate the embezzlement spanned a four-year period starting in September 2008.

Jason Smith, who owns the dental practice, said Hernandez was a front-office employee. Smith discovered the crime by chance, he said.

“I had a patient bring in a credit-card receipt who wanted a cash receipt,” he explained. “That’s how I initially discovered the embezzlement.”

According to Smith, Hernandez facilitated the crime by entering patients’ cash payments as credit-card transactions. After his own two-day investigation, Smith discovered widespread corruption and fired Hernandez immediately, he said. Smith later learned that Hernandez was on probation for related crimes while employed at the dental clinic, he said.

“Ms. Hernandez has a prior history, and I want to make sure the community is aware,” Smith said. “I’m not happy. I wouldn’t recommend her to future employers.”

The plea agreement included full restitution, which was made at the proceedings, but Smith said he is still unsatisfied.

“Ms. Hernandez needs help,” he said after the plea agreement. “I hope the consequences are stiff enough to help her turn things around.”

A Class 4 felony, the theft charge carries a maximum six-year prison sentence, a maximum $500,000 fine and up to three years of parole. Sentencing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

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Hernandez sentenced to 90 days

Cortez woman was allowed to see her son off to his very first day of school on Wednesday after she was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail for embezzlement.

Wearing a black dress at her sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Jessica Hernandez sobbed continuously while reading a multiple-page statement before District Court Judge Doug Walker. During her near 20-minute declaration, Hernandez repeatedly referred to the impact and consequences that her felonious actions will have on her husband of 10 years, their six- and three-year-old sons, and the rest of her family.

“I don’t want them to pay for my mistakes,” she said. “I’m concerned about the destruction to their lives.”

Facing a maximum six-year prison sentence, Hernandez was ordered to serve 90 days in the county jail plus three years of probation, complete 200 hours of community service and pen a letter of apology to the victim. In granting some leniency, Judge Walker ordered Hernandez to report to the Montezuma County Jail at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3, to start her three-month sentence behind bars.

“There are several collateral victims in this case, but you’re the person that made these victims,” Walker told Hernandez.

“You took advantage of your position of trust for pure greed,” he concluded.

In June, the 32-year-old mother of two pled guilty to felony embezzlement for stealing nearly $24,000 from a local dentist over a four-year span. On Tuesday, Judge Walker said he was disappointed to hear Hernandez repeatedly refer to the devastation she caused to her family rather than the harm to the real victim, Dr. Jason Smith.

“It was a well-thought-out sentence,” Smith said following the proceeding. “I think justice has been served.”

Records show Hernandez was officially charged with theft on Feb. 19, after Smith discovered the crime by chance. According to Smith, Hernandez facilitated the offense by entering patients’ cash payments as credit card transactions. Following his own investigation, Smith discovered widespread corruption and fired Hernandez immediately, he said.

District Attorney Will Furse recommended a two-year jail term, citing Hernandez initiated the embezzlement scheme from the dental clinic while on probation for a similar offense that occurred while she worked at a nursing home. In the previous case, Hernandez embezzled some $14,000, Furse said.

“The fraud and theft evident in both cases reveals an ongoing pattern of felonious activity practiced with manipulative skill and frequency,” Furse said.

In addressing the court, Smith spoke briefly that he tried to give Hernandez a second chance, but he unfortunately wasn’t rewarded for his effort. He said the ordeal has since “tarnished his reputation” as a local businessman.

“My customers are concerned for their own financial security,” Smith said.

Defense attorney Kelly McCabe accused prosecutors of seeking a “high-level conviction” against his client. Requesting a two-year probationary term, McCabe said his client didn’t present a risk to the community.

“This is not a sweetheart deal,” he said. “My client has suffered tremendously.”

With full restitution made in the case, Hernandez, who is also known as Jessica Tozer, said she knows she was wrong, and she must accept that the community has labeled her a thief.

“This case has literally brought me to my knees,” she read in her closing statements to Judge Walker. “I have hit rock bottom, but I want to climb back up.”

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Kemper hires felon to instruct children

Last fall, Jessica Hernandez was serving a 90-day jail sentence for theft. Today, she’s helping to shape young minds as a paraprofessional at Kemper Elementary.

Facing a maximum six-year prison sentence, Hernandez was ordered in August 2013 to 90 days in the county jail, three years of probation, 200 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim. She is on probation for two more years.

The 33-year-old mother of two pleaded guilty to felony theft after embezzling nearly $24,000 from a local dentist over a four-year span.

In August 2014, Hernandez was hired as a paraprofessional at Kemper Elementary School, where she earns $12,817 helping to provide instruction and support for classroom teachers. Her employment was rubber-stamped without discussion by the Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 school board on Aug. 19.

“In order to promote a respectful and trusting relationship with our employees, the district will never discuss any personal or private issues of our employees’ lives with the media,” said Re-1 Superintendent Alex Carter.

School district responds

The Cortez Journal asked Carter, Kemper Elementary Principal Angela Gaylon and all seven members of the school board school to list concerns about Hernandez serving as a role model to students, her role as a paraprofessional, her qualifying credentials and the results of a background check, if conducted.

Carter was the only official to reply. Carter said Hernandez was deemed to be the “most qualified candidate” selected by a Kemper hiring team as a reading intervention paraprofessional.

“In this paraprofessional capacity, Mrs. Hernandez provides direct intervention services to 30 to 40 students per week to support their progress toward meeting their reading goals,” Carter wrote in an email.

“While Mrs. Hernandez’s service with the district is just beginning, her performance and attitude thus far have been exemplary,” Carter wrote. “She has already made a strong connection with the students and staff at Kemper Elementary.”

Carter said district paraprofessionals were not required to hold certifications or credentials. The only qualifications, he said, were a high school diploma and an ability to pass a state-approved test of basic literacy and math.

The embezzlement case

Court records show that Hernandez skimmed more than 100 customer payments from the dental clinic by entering patients’ cash payments as credit card transactions. The individual payments – many from the same customers – ranged from a low of $7 to a high of $2,063. In September 2011, records show, Hernandez embezzled 15 payments, nearly one every other day.

When imposing the sentence last year, Chief District Court Judge Walker said he was disappointed that Hernandez failed to address the harm to the actual victim. During her 20-minute address to the court, Hernandez repeatedly alluded to the devastation she caused to her family.

“You took advantage of your position of trust for pure greed,” Walker told Hernandez.

Her punishment and apology

In connection to her felony conviction, court records from the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office mistakenly reported that Hernandez completed her 200 hours of community service at the Cortez Library in May. Montezuma County Undersheriff Lynda Carter confirmed that the community service hours instead were performed at Lewis Elementary. A school official verified that Hernandez completed 228 hours and 35 minutes of useful public service at the rural school north of Cortez,

Hernandez wrote an apology letter to Dr. Jason Smith at San Juan Dental last October.

“I wish with everything in me that I could take back my actions,” she wrote.

Contained in the letter, Hernandez apologized for her “dishonesty,” and admitted that her “selfish” acts caused Smith, his family and his business “hurt, pain and anger.”

“I hope with time you can forgive me,” Hernandez concluded.

Previous run-ins with law

District Attorney Will Furse argued for a two-year jail term at sentencing last year, saying that Hernandez initiated the embezzlement scheme while on probation for a similar offense. In the previous case, Hernandez agreed to repay $14,385 after falsifying an administrative license, Furse said.

“The fraud and theft evident in both cases reveals an ongoing pattern of felonious activity practiced with manipulative skill and frequency,” Furse said.

In 2008, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies launched an investigation into Hernandez while she was working at The Valley Inn in Mancos. Court records reveal she was later charged with felony forgery of a government-issued document, possession of a forged instrument, criminal impersonation and misdemeanor unauthorized practice at a nursing home. In June 2009, Hernandez was granted a deferred adjudication and sentence on one felony count and granted probation on the misdemeanor charge. The remaining two felony charges were dismissed.

Carter said all district employees were subject to Colorado Bureau of Investigations criminal background checks, but he did not indicate the results of CBI’s report into Hernandez.

“Our primary responsibility to the community is to ensure the safety and welfare of our students and staff,” said Carter. “The district screens all candidates to eliminate any from consideration who have a history of violence or any indication that they are unfit to work with children.”

Carter also said, “The work we do at school offers an incredible opportunity for redemption through community service. There is no more honorable occupation than that of helping children improve their abilities to read, write, and do math.”

The Journal attempted contact Hernandez, also known as Jessica Lynn Tozer, for comment. A recorded message indicated her listed telephone number was no longer in service.

Ontario dental embezzler convicted of other fraud using 60 stolen identities


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Update June 19, 2017

Sources tell us that Irina Chernyakhovsky was convicted of the fraudulent acts described in the article below and was sentenced two two years of house arrest.  We are also told that she breached the conditions of her house arrest and most likely will be going back to prison for committing the breach.

Irina  Chernyakhovsky (who also goes by the name Irina Fooks) was convicted of embezzling from several dental offices (see and )


Early in 2016, she was arrested and accused of fraudulently collecting government benefits in excess of $200,000.

What it interesting here is the comment made by someone using the name Irina Fooks (who appears to be the same Irina Fooks) below the story.

Nova scotia woman jailed for 25 months on dozens of fraud charges

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Editor’s note:

This woman fits the classic profile of the “serial embezzler,” and has been fired from several dental offices for embezzling.  But it appears that her fraudulent activities don’t stop there.  She has had considerable interaction with the justice system, including what is shown here.


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A Bedford woman who stole and defrauded thousands of dollars from 13 different victims is going to get a second chance to prove she should be on parole.

Lesa Anne George, 49, was freed in May after serving two-thirds of the 25-month jail sentence she received in December 2011 after pleading guilty to 37 fraud and theft-related charges. (The sentence was in addition to the seven months she had spent in custody following her arrest.)

Her freedom didn’t last long because she refused to abide by one of the conditions of her parole, a Parole Board of Canada decision on her latest bid for freedom revealed. The decision was reached earlier this month and made public last week.

Before her release, George had warned the board that she would not report to a parole officer in the unnamed city she was being released in, the decision says.

It also says she followed through with her threat, calling the prison to say she would not report to the parole officer and that she wanted to return to jail.

Her wish was granted. Her parole was revoked, a warrant was issued for her arrest and she turned herself in.

In an interview conducted after returning to prison “you explained in detail your belief you were not being released to the area selected by Correctional Service Canada, and that you have absolutely no interest in making living arrangements in a city that you will leave at the end of your sentence,” the decision says.

It also says George wants to be released to another region and that if that didn’t happen, she threatened to do the same thing again.

The parole board set Oct. 27 as her new release date.

When she is freed, she will be subject to the same conditions she had during her first parole. They include being barred from being in any paid or volunteer position where she would be responsible for managing finances or investments.

Other conditions prohibit her from possessing debit, credit or bank cards and cheques without prior permission of her parole supervisor. She must also provide regular financial information to the supervisor and report all sexual and non-sexual relationships.

George was denied full and day parole in August 2012 after a review panel said Correctional Service of Canada officials had advised them that her attitude, ability to function in the community and personal emotional abilities needed major improvement.

The panel also noted that she had been removed from an in-prison rehabilitation group twice, the second time because her case management team believed her “anger and resentment were precluding any progress, and program facilitators were concerned that (she) may have been negatively impacting other group participants.”

It also said Correctional Services believed George did not have the ability to control her crime cycle.

During her crime spree she defrauded, stole from or illegally used credits cards of a number of victims, including landlords, friends, a boarder, banks and employers.

At times she claimed to be a lawyer, successful business owner and cancer survivor.

She had originally been charged with 136 charges but some overlapped the others, Woodburn said. All the victims were represented in the charges she accepted responsibility for.

George, who also used a number of aliases, was also ordered to pay back about $55,000 to 11 of the victims.

The agreed statement of facts showed that George defrauded, stole from and illegally used credits cards of a number of victims, including landlords, friends, a boarder, banks and employers.

She claimed she was a lawyer, successful business owner and a cancer survivor and that she was divorcing, just moving to the country or selling houses she was renting.

In accepting the recommended sentence, Judge Michael Sherar said George is “an actor.”

Now that she has accepted responsibility for her crimes, the judge hoped she would “take the proper steps to advance your life and your lifestyle without having to defraud other people.”

One of her crimes involved using a boarder’s credit card to pay hotel and self-storage fees totaling $11,000.

After court, Sutherland said George’s guilty pleas saved the court weeks and even months of trial time.

“As the judge indicated, she has a fair bit of potential if she applies herself,” he said. “She is a very intelligent, articulate woman who unfortunately, for one reason or another, got involved in a life of crime that brought her here today.”

George is relieved to be able to put the matters behind her, Sutherland said.

“One is never ecstatic on an occasion like this, however the sentence is an excellent one from the defence standpoint,” he said.

Woodburn said George deserved the lengthy sentence “considering all the people she defrauded.”

“She was using anything in her means to defraud anyone from financial institutions to innocent people so she could live the lifestyle she wanted,” said the Crown attorney, who had prosecuted her on previous fraud charges.

“She has been consistently defrauding people for years. Hopefully she’ll be able to rehabilitate herself while she’s in federal penitentiary.”

Bud Webster was renting George the house she was living in when she was arrested in June. He said he’s out between $4,000 and $5,000, made up of a month’s rent for a cheque that bounced, along with storage and moving fees for her belongings and lost rent.

He doesn’t expect to get any money back through the order made in court. He said he also attempting to recover the money through the small claims court.

Webster said the sentence was “not much time for what she did and how many people were impacted.”

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California Office Manager Guilty of Stealing More Than $100,000 — Sentenced to Two Years in Jail

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A former office manager for Orange County dentists will spend two years in jail after she pleaded guilty this week to charges that she embezzled more than $100,000 in insurance payments. Deborah Lynn Kessler, 45, was accused of signing the payments over to her personal bank accounts over the course of about three years. Investigators initially said she may have used the money to pay for an RV, boats and trips, and to cover her personal bills. Her attorney disputed that. Kessler pleased guilty on Thursday to four counts of grand theft, court records show. She was sentenced to two years in jail and two more years of community supervision. She was also banned from working in dental offices, Deputy District Attorney Nikki Chambers said. “She’s remorseful,” said Kessler’s attorney, Mitchell Hannah. “And her focus now is on restitution.” Hannah blamed “hard economic times” for the theft. He said Kessler took small amounts that added up over time. He disputed early reports from the Sheriff’s Department that Kessler may have used the money to buy an RV or make other big purchases. Kessler was arrested in July at her Canyon Lake home. She was on the phone applying for a job with a San Clemente dentist when deputies arrived, a Sheriff’s spokesman said at the time. The case against Kessler started earlier this year when a new dentist took over the Ladera Ranch dental office where she had worked for three years. The new owner began to notice discrepancies in the office finances, investigators said. The new and former office owners took a closer look and found insurance checks missing, a Sheriff’s spokesman said. Investigators believe Kessler changed them, endorsed them and then deposited them into her own accounts. She stopped showing up for work in June, days after her employers contacted the sheriff’s economic-crimes unit.
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Date of Birth: XX-XX-XXXX Next Appearance Date: 10-03-2012
Sex: Female Next Appearance Court: CENTRAL SUPERIOR COURT
Race: White Custody Status: In Custody
Height: 5′ 07″ Bail Amount: $0.00
Weight: 140 Arrested on: 10-01-2012
Hair Color: Brown Housing Location: Central Womens Jail
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Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to embezzling $378k — sentenced to 46 months in prison


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Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy faces up to 51 months in prison and fines for forgery, mail fraud and wire fraud. Working as a dental office manager, she forged doctors’ names to insurance checks and deposited them to her own accounts.

For Phuong “Lisa” Nguyen of Quincy, the scheme was simple.

Starting in 2006, she got jobs as an office or front desk manager for Quincy-area dental practices, forged insurance reimbursement checks with doctors’ names and deposited them to her accounts.

Now she has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nguyen, 32, was convicted late Thursday on three counts of uttering a forged security, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.

She’ll be sentenced Sept. 13. By the terms of her plea agreement she faces up to 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $75,000, and restitution to the dental offices.

Prosecutors said Nguyen repeated her scheme at four local offices, going from one to another. When she also had access to the practice’s check book, she would also forge doctors’ name to those and cash or deposit them.

In at least one case Nguyen was fired when her embezzlement was discovered.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office was assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, the Norfolk and Suffolk County District Attorney’s offices and the state insurance fraud bureau.

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Ontario Woman Sentenced to 20 Month Prison Sentence; has Prior Conviction


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A 40-year-old Brantford woman, who defrauded her employers in Brantford and Simcoe of nearly $38,000, was sentenced Friday to 20 months in jail.

Kelly J. Smith earlier pleaded guilty in Ontario Court to three counts of fraud over $5,000. She had falsified claims while working at area dental offices between 2009 and 2011.

“Your crimes cry out for a jail sentence,” said Justice Robert Gee, noting the frauds involved breaches of trust and significant monetary amounts and given Smith’s prior, similar criminal history.

“The community has to know that if you steal from your employer you’ll go to jail,” Gee said.

The Crown had suggested a term of two years less a day while the defence suggested a sentence of three to 12 months, if custody was even necessary.

From April 2009 to March 2010, Smith worked as an office administrator at Greenfield Family Dentistry in Simcoe, where she opened and closed the business, billed insurance companies for services via electronic submissions, and processed payments.

In January 2012, the dental office received word that Manulife Financial was investigating some insurance claims that had originated from the office concerning services rendered for Smith and her family members. Funds to cover dental services had been deposited to Smith’s bank account, but investigation revealed that neither Smith or members of her family had received the treatments, court heard.

In all, 27 fraudulent insurance claims, totalling $10,125.64, had been made by Smith and the funds deposited to her bank account.

Her employment was terminated in March 2010 and, several months later, she got a job as an office administrator at Life Time Dental in Brantford. She worked there from May 2010 to March 2011, during which time she removed $21,215 in cash receipts from the office, court heard.

Smith deleted patient treatments from the office computer to make it seem as though services had not been performed and then she pocketed cash payments.

She also overbilled Manulife Financial by $6,655.25 by submitting claims for dental work for herself and her family members that were never performed.

“I’m extremely sorry for what I’ve done,” Smith told the court on Friday.

She said she has started to seek help and feels she is on the right path.

“It was a real eye-opener this time around,” Smith said.

This time around was the latest in more than a decade of similar offences, court heard.

In 1998, Smith was convicted of fraud in St. Thomas for lying about a live-in partner so she could fraudulently collect welfare benefits.

In 2004 and 2007, she amassed other convictions. She was convicted in St. Thomas of uttering a forged document after she quit a job as a receptionist and then doctored her final paycheque from $344 to $8,344.

She was convicted for personation after falsifying a letter from the Children’s Aid Society which she gave to the author of a pre-sentence report being readied for her sentencing for uttering a forged document.

She also once worked in a call centre for Great West Life and submitted false claims, for which she earned another conviction.

“She steals from people who give her opportunities in life,” said assistant Crown attorney Lawrence Brock. “She’s a thief.”

Over the past 14 years, Smith has received six probation orders, two conditional sentence orders and two separate weekend jail sentences.

Smith told the court the money she stole from the dental offices was used to feed her addiction to Oxycontin.

She said she has been struggling with “impulse control problems” since she was young.

“I don’t know why I do what I do, why I steal,” Smith said.

Smith is quick to seek counselling when charged with a crime, but then does not follow through, Brock said.

When asked why she has not sought help on her own over the course of her life, Smith said,”I have sought out help but it wasn’t the right kind.”

Justice Gee told Smith that she has to stop making excuses for not accepting the help she says she needs.

“You are the only one who can change the path you’re on,” he said.

Smith will be on probation for three years following her release from custody. Within three months of her release, Smith is to begin making monthly restitution payments of $400. At the end of the probation term, the balance of about $24,800 will remain owing in the form of a freestanding restitution order.

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Wisconsin Woman Accused of Stealing $140k from Dental Office — had Prior Embezzlement Conviction

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GREENFIELD, Wis. —A 51-year-old woman was convicted of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a dental office in Greenfield while working as its office manager.  She was sentenced in February 2015 to a seven-year prison sentence, but was eligible for release after sixteen months.

Tishia Jaeck might have gambled away some that cash, police said.

Unbeknownst to Greenfield’s Progressive Periodontics, its business manager is now accused of quietly siphoning tens of thousands of dollars a year that should have been going to the practice.

“They’re looking at about a $140,000 loss,” Greenfield Assistant Police Chief Paul Schlecht said.

Greenfield police said Jaeck would encourage patients to pay with cash and would then pocket the money, covering her tracks.

“She encouraged them to pay with cash to get a 3 percent discount because this scheme wouldn’t work with a check or credit card,” Schlecht said. “She would print out a receipt and then go back into the software and delete it. That way, the patient’s bill would show up that it’s paid. The patient would get their receipt, but the dental office never got the money.”

Once prosecutors got the case from Greenfield police, they did some more digging, which that led them to a dental office in West Allis. They learned that Jaeck was convicted of doing the same thing there just a few years earlier.

In the West Allis case, she was accused of taking nearly $20,000 in a similar scheme.

“We find that all the time that the person doing the embezzlement is a very trusted loyal employee that you would never suspect. And that’s why they get away with it,” Schlecht said.

Jaeck refused to answer any police questions about where the money might have gone, but prosecutors subpoenaed her Players Club records for Potowatomi Casino and found that she lost $50,000 over the nearly three years that she worked at the dental office.

According to the complaint, the embezzlement took place for most of Jaeck’s employment — from 2011 until April.

The dental office said no patients suffered financial damages.

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California Bookkeeper Pleads no Contest to Third Embezzlement Charge in Four Years

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A former bookkeeper accused of stealing $70,000 from a Redwood City dentist shortly after being fired by a different dentist for embezzlement must spend two years in county jail and repay the stolen money. Jasmine Delafuente, 31, actually received a four-year prison term after pleading no contest to felony embezzlement and admitting she took more than $65,000. However, under the new state inmate realignment rules, Delafuente will spend two years in the county jail followed by two years on mandatory supervision. She must also pay $70,161.54 to her former employer. Delafuente has credit of 604 days against the term earned while in custody on $100,000 bail and a no-bail hold for allegedly violating probation in the previous embezzlement case by being arrested again. Between March 2009 and August 2010, prosecutors said Delafuente took the cash paid by patients and deleted proof of payment from office records. Delafuente urged patients to pay in cash, according to prosecutors who said she particularly took advantage of Spanish-speaking patients. Just prior to working for the office, Delafuente had been fired in February 2009 for stealing $6,793 through the same means. Delafuente was prosecuted and convicted of felony embezzlement in August 2010, settling a case that had been pending in court through most of the time she was working for her second alleged victim. She was sentenced to 60 days jail and felony probation for the first case. On top of her new jail term, Delafuente also received a concurrent sentence for the probation violation.

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Update — She’s at it again…

A bookkeeper accused of stealing $3,200 from an East Palo Alto dental office while on probation for ripping off two Redwood City dental offices pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony embezzlement charge.

 Jasmine Delafuente, 32, skimmed $3,200 from deposits she took to the bank for her employer, 6 to 9 Dental on East Bayshore Road, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. The thefts occurred last year from June 29 to July 19 and she was arrested on Aug. 30.

Although she pleaded not guilty in September to an embezzlement charge, Delafuente made a deal with prosecutors and switched her plea to no contest.

In exchange, she’ll receive a maximum prison sentence of three years and eight months, according to the district attorney’s office. She is scheduled to be sentenced on March 1.

Delafuente has been arrested on embezzlement charges a total of three times in four years.

In February 2009, Delafuente was fired from her bookkeeping job with a Redwood City dental office for stealing $6,973.

Delafuente subsequently was sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation in that case, but in the meantime she was hired by another Redwood City dentist and stole $70,000 from that office between 2009 and 2010.

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NY Dental CFO Sentenced for Embezzling $432k From Practice — has Previous Conviction for Embezzlement

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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. TRAVEL, VEHICLES 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.” REPAID MONEY 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. CRIMINAL HISTORY 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. ‘PROBATION COULD HELP’ 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.” In court this week, Conroy apologized, the release said. He is now incarcerated at Clinton County Jail.


In 2018, Mr. Conroy commenced a lawsuit in Federal Court against his former employers, alleging contraventions of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as well as unjust enrichment, conversion, misappropriation of his likeness, fraud, and fraudulent inducement.  The amount claimed was $400,000, which coincidentally approximates the amount he repaid relative to the embezzlement.  This lawsuit was dismissed in 2019, with the Court determining that the ERISA claim had no basis and that the other issues were purely a matter of State jurisdiction.

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