UPDATE — Dental office employee in Rutland, VT pleads guilty to embezzling — sentenced to 1 month in jail, $55k restitution

Update Feb 2018:

A Pittsford woman is facing about a month in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to two felony counts of embezzlement.

Karen Valach, 50, was arraigned in Rutland criminal court last March on three felony counts of embezzlement after police said she took about $30,000 from Cornerstone Dentistry in Rutland.

Valach worked at the front desk. A police affidavit said she handled the money deposits for the practice.

Dr. Sonia Yau, the head of the practice, told police Valach confessed to her in November 2016 she had been taking money from the practice since January of that year.

Valach reached a plea agreement with the state Tuesday. The prosecution agreed they would ask for no more than three to five years in prison, with all that time suspended except for 28 days.

The agreement caps the maximum restitution at $55,000.

The defense is free to argue for a lower sentence.

Once Valach is sentenced, the third embezzlement charge will be dismissed under the agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 29.

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Original story:

Police said that a woman who worked for a local dentist’s office embezzled more than $100,000 over a period of almost eight years.

Karen E. Valach, 49, of Pittsford, was cited on a single felony count of embezzlement. She is scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court on March 13.

Cpl. Adam Lucia, of the Rutland City Police Department, said in a statement that staff at Cornerstone Dentistry reported on Dec. 19 that an employee was suspected of fraudulent actions.

After an investigation, police said Valach, a member of the office staff, had embezzled about $100,550 from January 2009 to November 2016.

Valach was interviewed by officers with the Rutland City Police Department before being charged.

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Bookkeeper accused of taking $60K from Vermont dentist

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) – A former bookkeeper at a Vermont dental office has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $60,000 from the business over several years.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/1bI41RH) police said the investigation began in May when dentist Thomas Heydinger contacted authorities about suspected embezzlement by a former worker. He said a cash payment from a patient that was to be deposited by Penny Lussier didn’t appear on the deposit slip from the bank. An audit stemming back to 2009 showed $60,000 was missing. Lussier, of Gilford and Keene, New Hampshire, was fired May 12.

Police say she’s accused of writing checks payable to her from the dental practice.

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Vermont office worker receives six months sentence in $120k embezzlement

valerie mason

A dental office employee in Lamoille County will spend six months in jail for embezzlement.

Police say Valerie Mason, 37, of Wolcott, stole $120,000 from Gary Morris’ dental office in Morrisville. She allegedly wrote more than 120 unauthorized checks over two and a half years.

Along with the jail time, Mason was ordered to pay $92,000– the amount of the financial loss not covered by the dental office’s insurance company.

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Central Vermont Woman charged with embezzling from dentist

BARRE — A Montpelier woman is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a dentist’s office.

Allison Schy

Allison Schy, 55, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court in Barre Thursday to a felony count of embezzlement and a felony count of theft of services. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

According to the affidavit of Detective Stephen Nolan of the Montpelier police, dentist Dr. Kenneth Kero reported to police in November he believed one of the employees from his Montpelier office was taking money from his business. Kero named Schy, his office manager of seven years, as the suspect.

Kero told police he had discovered problems in billing ledgers, with $4,000 in discrepancies found from January 2014 until May 2014. He said it appeared Schy would give him one copy of the ledger and then go back and change the ledger to add more billings.

After Kero had a certified public accountant look at his books, he told police Schy took at least $48,000, with another $20,000 that was “questionable.”

“I believe that my office manager has been stealing by taking patient payments (cash and/or checks) provided that day and by not reflecting the day sheet provided to me,” Kero said in a statement. “She then would go back into the system either after I left or on another date and add the payment or change the payment date so that they would not show up later with the patient owing a balance.”

Police put a recording device on Kero before he and Schy had a face-to-face conversation in his office in December. Nolan said Kero accused Schy of stealing from him. She responded by saying she was “astonished” by the accusation, and wanted to see proof and have a chance to defend herself.

Nolan said Kero showed Schy the ledgers and the discrepancies and she said they must have been a “mis-entry”and she may have entered an “incorrect payment.”

Nolan said Schy eventually admitted to Kero that what she did was wrong and agreed to pay him back though she maintained she wasn’t aware of exactly what she did. He said Schy also confessed to Kero that she may have an addiction to painkillers.

Nolan said Schy told Kero she was “desperate” and when people are desperate they do desperate things.

Kero was again fitted with a wire later in December for an additional conversation in which Nolan reported Schy admitting to helping patients who were underinsured or uninsured by giving them discounts. Nolan said Schy also admitted that some of the missing funds were due to her drug abuse.

In an effort to pay back the money owed, Nolan said Schy gave Kero $10,000 in January and paid back another $4,591 by signing over her paychecks from Kero’s office to the dentist. Nolan said she quit her job in April.


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