A woman who stole $72,000 from patients and doctors at dental offices where she worked was sentenced yesterday to five years and four months in prison.
Emily Marie Forbes, 48, pleaded guilty Sept. 1 in San Diego Superior Court to commercial burglary, false impersonation and two counts of stealing from an elderly person.
As part of her plea agreement, a recommendation was made that she be allowed to serve her sentence in a rehabilitation program for drug offenders.
Forbes was arrested Aug. 18 at Scripps Ranch Family Dentistry in San Diego, authorities said.
She was accused of stealing checks at five dental offices in El Cajon, Chula Vista and San Diego, and using patients’ personal information to open credit card accounts, according to El Cajon police.
She also instructed some patients to leave their checks blank, telling them she would stamp them with the name of the dental office, police said. Instead, she deposited the checks into her own account.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood said 11 victims are named in the complaint, some of whom are older than 65.