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#8 • My practice is “gone”! Planning for disaster.

#8 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, abuse; and help keep your practice safe. It may be a fire, flood, theft, willful destruction, or maybe an unexpected car through your front desk. If it happens, a bit of advance planning will go a long way to reduce your […]

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Embezzlement Laws by State

Alabama Alabama Code Title 34. Professions and Businesses Section 34-13-7: Value up to $250. Third degree theft of property. Up to one year in jail and fine up to $2,000. Value higher than $250 up to $2,500. Second degree theft of property. Between one and 10 years imprisonment and/or fine up to $15,000. Value higher […]

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Former office manager charged with embezzling from dentist

The former office manager for a Madison dental office allegedly took more than $166,000 in cash and checks from the office over a four-year period, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday. Veronica I. Eicher, 56, of DeForest, was charged with two counts of theft in a business setting and three counts of forgery for […]

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#7 • Enforce Usernames & Passwords

#7 in our series of #TIPS intended to keep your data secure, and help manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in the practice. Practice Management Software Your Checklist: ensure all employees have a unique username and password. make sure User Access control is properly defined and configured in your software. check that you (the practice […]

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#6 • Examining your dental practice’s monthly bank statement

#6 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. “The Monthly Bank Statement” Depending on how your banking arrangements are set up, you may receive your “Monthly Bank Statement” in the mail, or download it using your online banking. Here are a few […]

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Local Dental Office Employee Indicted for Theft

Marilynn “Missy” Armstrong of Paris was booked into the Lamar County Jail on Friday, April 21, 2017, for theft from her employer. Armstrong was employed at Lee Crawford Dental (located on Pine Mill Rd.) for almost 10 years until November 2016 when she was confronted for allegedly embezzling finances and immediately terminated. Armstrong was in charge of […]

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#5 • Safekeeping Insurance Check Payments

#5 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. Does your office receive insurance checks by mail? You are not alone. Many dentists still accept check payments from insurance companies, with payments arriving by mail. Did you know? A dishonest employee can remove […]

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#4 • Some common “I’m being embezzled” mistakes that dentists make.

#4 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you deal with fraud, embezzlement, waste, and abuse in your dental practice. “I think I am being embezzled” I have spoken with hundreds of dentists about fraud and embezzlement. Many were convinced or “pretty darn sure” that fraud was happening in their practice. Indeed, probably half […]

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