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How to Calculate an Advisor’s Trustworthiness

We want trusted advisors to help us with our most pressing problems. There are many types of “advisors”; Personal advisors, business & legal advisors, work-life advisors and so on  – in fact the list of advisors seems almost endless. How do you assess whether the person you are dealing has what it takes to be […]

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#11 • How to stay sane when your dental office computers are down.

This is #11 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, abuse; and help keep your practice safe.  This post discusses how you should plan for the inevitable day when you come to work and the “computers are down” Don’t leave yourself and your patients in a lurch when your […]

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Dental office manager charged in $13K theft

This was a case I worked on in 2012. The office manager exhibited several embezzlement red-flags indicators. Hamlin, PA- A long-time, former office manager for a dental office in Hamlin has been charged for allegedly keeping insurance money totaling over $13,000. State Police, Honesdale barracks charged Sharon Swartz, age 58, of Jefferson Township for Theft, […]

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#10 • Understanding Dental Embezzlement Red-Flags

This is #10 in our series of #TIPS intended to help you manage fraud, embezzlement, waste, abuse; and help keep your practice safe. This post discusses some of the red-flags of employee dishonesty and how to interpret and evaluate them. Let’s start with a summary of the key points: A “red-flag” is an indicator of […]

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DA: Ex-administrator for pediatric practice sentenced in $3.1 million theft

January 9, 2019 – A Selden man convicted of embezzling more than $3 million from his employer was sentenced Wednesday to 3 to 9 years in prison, prosecutors said. Peter Singh, 43, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny Nov. 7 in Nassau County Court in Mineola, also must pay a civil judgment of $3.1 million […]

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Angela Lynn Manning pleads guilty to embezzling almost $700K

Dec 30, 2018 – PANAMA CITY — A former payroll specialist with a Bay County cardiovascular clinic is now facing decades in prison for stealing almost $700,000 from her employer over the course of several years, according to court records. Angela Lynn Manning, 52, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to five counts of federal wire fraud […]

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Lexington woman charged with defrauding dentist and illegally obtaining prescription narcotics.

April 2016, LEXINGTON, Ky.- A Lexington woman has been charged with defrauding a local business and illegally obtaining prescription narcotics. Lexington Police arrested Elsie Leighanne Lamb, 32, in connection with crimes committed while she was employed at a local dentist’s office. Police say Lamb was employed at the dentist’s office from February to November 2015. […]

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Dental office employee charged with insurance fraud, embezzlement

Jan 10, 2018, RALEIGH – North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Margarita Alejo, 38, of 2500 Carver St., Durham. Alejo is charged with insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, and embezzlement, all felonies. Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Alejo of manipulating claims with […]

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Woman convicted of $100K theft from Montco dental office

Sep 11, 2018 – NORRISTOWN – A Bucks County woman faces several years of court supervision and a hefty restitution bill after she admitted to embezzling more than $100,000 from her employer, a Montgomery County dental office. Michelle Zonay, 40, of the 500 block of Barrington Court, Sellersville, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to […]

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Woman posing as dental assistant steals from dental office employees

Jan 11, 2019 – 11:24 PM SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – The search is on for a woman who posed as a patient and a dental assistant and went through people’s belonging while they were in the dentist chair, police say. Channel 2’s Michael Seiden spoke with one of the victims, who said the thief the […]

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