SC embezzler sentenced to two years

david-a-smith

BEAUFORT — A former Hilton Head Island bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $78,000 from two local businesses.

David A. Smith, 42, of Hilton Head, pleaded guilty to four counts of breach of trust and one count of forgery. He was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison followed by five years of probation. Additionally, Smith was ordered to repay $78,070 in restitution.

While working for the bookkeeping business According to the Books, Smith wrote checks to himself and his wife from two businesses: a pool maintenance company and a dentist. He also had access to business credit cards, which he used to make personal purchases.

The case was prosecuted by assistant solicitor Francine Norz, who specializes in prosecuting white-collar crime for the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The embezzlement was investigated by Sgt. Chuck Runnion of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Thomas Cooper handed down the sentence.

Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

Source http://www.blufftontoday.com/bluffton-news/2011-07-29/embezzler-sentenced-two-years#.V9r1jigrKhc

Two MUSC College of Dental Medicine employees accused of altering payroll

obrien-and-latrace

Two Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine employees were arrested Monday and accused of stealing nearly $28,500 by altering payroll documents and buying expensive electronics for personal use, according to court affidavits.

Michael Latrace, 47, of Vestry Drive, is charged with one count of breach of trust and one count of forgery. He was released from Charleston County jail on $25,000 bail. Margaret Elaine O’Brien, 39, of Sycamore Avenue, is charged with two counts of breach of trust and one count of forgery. She was released from the same jail on the same bail amount.

Both were charged by the State Law Enforcement Division. It is unclear if the two are still employed there.

Latrace is listed in the affidavit as the College of Dental Medicine finance director and allegedly instructed O’Brien and another woman, who has not been charged, to submit false payroll documentation for more pay instead of giving them raises.

The scheme went on from April 1, 2014 to April 21 of this year. O’Brien received $14,957 and the other woman received $8,685 as a result, according to the affidavit.

O’Brien, whose job title is not listed, is also accused of purchasing numerous electronics using MUSC’s money between June 19, 2012 and April 21, including a surveillance camera, GoPro camera, Bose Quiet Comfort headphones, a Macbook Air and iPad. Latrace told police that he took the property, worth a combined $4,731.69, for his own use and consented to a search of his home, where the items were found, the affidavit states.

Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

Content retrieved from: http://www.postandcourier.com/20160725/160729587/two-musc-college-of-dental-medicine-employees-accused-of-altering-payroll

South Carolina Collusive fraud: Dental employee and SEVEN other conspirators plead guilty to stealing 368K

A Sumter woman and a Santee woman are among the eight who recently plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud that bilked Blue Cross Blue Shield out of $368,000.

Lorraine Porcher, 46, of Sumter, and Kimberly Donaldson Broughton, 33, of Santee, reportedly worked with Malentha Robinson-Taylor, 45, of Cordova, to file false insurance claims out of an Orangeburg-based dentist office.

“The dentist realized it,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Winston David Holliday Jr. “Malentha was out, and he noticed he was getting explanation of benefits for patients he didn’t remember seeing.”

The way the scheme worked is that Robinson-Taylor identified some friends with state insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield, he said. Because the doctor she worked for is not a network provider for those policies, the individual is expected to pay out of pocket and then receive a check to apply toward that expense.

“But they never had dental services,” Holliday said. “Malentha made it up. So say she said (you) had wisdom teeth removed. You get a $2,000 check in the mail, and you say ‘thank you. Here’s your cut.’”

The claims submitted totaled about $800,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Friday news release.

This is not an unusual scheme, Holliday said.

“Doctors’ offices in particular are susceptible if there are not checks and balances over access to billing,” he said.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to commit mail fraud is imprisonment for 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000. U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of Columbia accepted the guilty pleas and will impose sentences after he has reviewed the pre-sentence reports prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

“It’s a formula that takes into account factors such as the amount lost and criminal history,” Holliday said. “It’s not as though the judge is sitting there deciding between zero and 20 years. It’s much more academic.”

The others involved in this case are: R.L. Robinson-Taylor, 46, of Cordova; Robert Green, 55, of Orangeburg; Pamela Richardson, 41, of Florence; Latisha Brown, 36, of Lake City; and Cheryl Frazier, 42, of Orangeburg.

Content retrieved from: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article13827674.html#!
_____________________

Eight Plead Guilty in Fraud Scheme Involving Blue Cross Blue Shield

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeOctober 25, 2013
  • District of South Carolina(803) 929-3000

COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Malentha Robinson-Taylor, age 45, of Cordova, South Carolina; R. L. Robinson-Taylor, age 46, also of Cordova; Robert Green, age 55, of Orangeburg; Kimberly Donaldson Broughton, age 33, of Santee; Pamela Richardson, age 41, of Florence; Latisha Brown, age 36, of Lake City; Cheryl Frazier, age 42, of Orangeburg; and Lorraine Porcher, age 46, of Sumter, each have entered a guilty plea in federal court in Columbia to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. of Columbia accepted the guilty pleas and will impose their sentences after he has reviewed the presentence reports, which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Malentha Robinson-Taylor worked for an Orangeburg-based dentist. She and her husband, R. L. Robinson-Taylor, recruited individuals who supplied their Blue Cross Blue Shield policy numbers to them. Ms. Robinson-Taylor then submitted claims as though these individuals had been seen by her dentist employer, even though they had not. When checks were sent directly to the beneficiaries for services that had not been performed, they split the proceeds with the Robinson-Taylors. The other six individuals who pled guilty were all beneficiaries who received checks as part of the fraud scheme. The total claims submitted totaled approximately $800,000. The amount paid was around $368,000.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty for conspiracy to commit mail fraud is imprisonment for 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Winston David Holliday, Jr. of Columbia is prosecuting the case.


Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

Content retrieved from: https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/columbia/press-releases/2013/eight-plead-guilty-in-fraud-scheme-involving-blue-cross-blue-shield

South Carolina Dentist loses over $100k in embezzlement — sues former receptionist, her husband and two banks

CHARLESTON – A former South Charleston dentist is claiming his office assistant embezzled more than $100,000.

Dr. Jack Shamblin filed the lawsuit June 8 in Kanawha Circuit Court against J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank One Corp. and Patricia and Larry Conley.

He says Patricia Conley was stealing from two of his accounts while employed there, claiming she “obtained access to both of the accounts through computer banking systems created and maintained by the bank without his knowledge.”

Conley was hired in December 2003, the lawsuit says, and began forging the authorization of checks by using a signature stamp of Shamblin’s that was approximately 40 years old.

At first, it says she took at least $17,000 from Shamblin’s personal account before eventually stealing more than $100,000 from the business account.

Shamblin says he discontinued his practice June 30, 2005. He charges the two banks with negligence and breach of contracts. He charges Conley with fraud, unjust enrichment and outrage and adds that her husband Larry knew what was going on and received the stolen funds.

Michael L. Glasser of Meyer and Ford in Charleston is representing the plaintiffs, who include Shamblin’s wife Kay. They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

Judge Tod Kaufman has been assigned the case.


Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

Content retrieved from: http://wvrecord.com/stories/510590528-dentist-claims-assistant-stole

Former manager of South Carolina dental office gets 6 years in prison for embezzlement

linda-gregg
Linda Branton Gregg, 54, of Armadillo Court near St. Stephen pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Moncks Corner courtroom to a charge of breach of trust of more than $10,000 after money went missing from St. Stephen Family Dentistry. (PROVIDED)

A former office manager for a St. Stephen dentist was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for funneling tens of thousands of dollars from the practice.

Linda Branton Gregg, 54, of Armadillo Court near St. Stephen pleaded guilty in a Moncks Corner courtroom to a charge of breach of trust of more than $10,000.

Ninth Circuit Judge Roger Young gave her the maximum 10-year prison sentence, which was suspended in lieu of six years in prison and three years of probation.

Gregg had been arrested in December 2011 on suspicion that she stole more than $80,000 from St. Stephen Family Dentistry on South Main Street, where she had worked for about 25 years.

Capt. Rick Ollic of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the case along with the St. Stephen Police Department, said Thursday that “it was a good outcome based on the circumstances.”

The loss of the funds was said to have devastated the dental practice financially and its owner, Dr. Tristan Cordray, emotionally, his attorney said.

Though she faced only one charge, Gregg also stole money from Dr. Herbert Orvin, who had owned the practice before his death, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A native of Ravenel, Cordray purchased the business in 2008, shortly after he graduated from dental school and decided to practice in a rural area, according a Post and Courier profile of him that was published before the allegations surfaced.

The practice sued Gregg and her fiance, Douglas Allen Kaufman. In December, Circuit Judge Markley Dennis awarded $569,371.47 in damages to the dentist.

One of Cordray’s attorneys in the lawsuit, Oana Johnson of Charleston, said the theft had been a “big loss.”

“Part of the problem was that they all trusted her,” Johnson said. “That’s as painful as losing money sometimes.”

Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.

 


Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140123/PC16/140129744

Holy Moley — South Carolina embezzles $1.9 million from Irmo medical office

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. chandra-padgettA Batesburg woman who admitted to stealing almost $2 million from an Irmo doctor’s office where she worked has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

Chandra Padgett, 46, an office manager and bookkeeper for Advanced pain Therapies (APT) in Irmo, was sentenced for her conviction on charges of wire fraud and tax evasion, according to the U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles.

Prosecutors said Padgett set up a shell company named PSS (Padgett Specialty Scrapbooking Services), which was shared with APT’s primary vendor and allowed her to send APT bogus invoices for payment.

Padgett created checks made payable to her company and deposited them into an account for which she had primary control between June 2008 and December 2010, according to Nettles. Padgett also made payments to her personal credit cards using APT funds and wrote unauthorized checks to family members for personal expenses.

Nettles said Padgett also used her position as bookkeeper and office manager to increase her own salary without her employer’s authorization or knowledge.

According to a forensic accounting performed by APT, Padgett stole approximately $1,941,455.96 from APT, Nettles said.

“Facts presented during the sentencing hearing indicated that Padgett used the stolen money to finance an extravagant wedding and a lifestyle filled with expensive vacations, gifts and even an expensive New York apartment,” Nettles said.

Padgett has been ordered to pay restitution to her employer and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to Nettles.


Do you have questions about embezzlement?  Give Prosperident a call at 888-398-2327 or send an email to requests@dentalembezzlement.com

Content retrieved from: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article13889558.html