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Fraud, Embezzlement and Risk in the Dental Office

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Dishonest dental office employee telling a patient to “bring cash”

We don’t accept checks! Listen to this dishonest dental office employee tell a patient to “bring in cash” This employee liked to remove cash from the practice and when cash was not coming over the counter fast enough, she decided to help the process along by calling patients to tell them to “bring in cash.” […]

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Man posed as a patient before stealing employee’s cellphone.

Jan 2016 • Employees at an east El Paso dental office are speaking out after they said a man posed as a patient wanting an appointment before stealing an employee’s cellphone. Police said unfortunately it’s a common type of crime where thieves steal phones or other valuables left unattended inside stores or other businesses. They […]

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Sabra Aschenbrenner repaid her victim, Dr. Sharon Brackelmanns, the full $75,000 

Jan 2016 • A married mother of three was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation on her guilty plea to stealing $75,000 over a three-year period from her former employer, a dentist in Randolph. Defendant Sabra Aschenbrenner, 46, repaid her victim, Dr. Sharon Brackelmanns, the full $75,000 on Friday […]

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TIP #14 – Supply theft and loss in the dental office.

This was only my fourth investigation In 2005, I received a call from a local dentist who told me he was in his office on a Saturday doing some work. He pulled a patient chart from the file cabinet and was stunned to see four $100 dollars bills neatly tucked inside. This left the doctor […]

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Amanda Viglietta sentenced for embezzling from doctor’s office

02/13/19- A former Newport News bookkeeper was sentenced in federal district court Wednesday to over five years in prison for embezzling money from a doctor’s office and fraudulently obtaining a loan in her father’s name. Amanda Viglietta, 32, pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft on Oct. 1 as part of […]

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Torres stole $439,637, issued 188 unauthorized checks, stamped with the owner’s signature.

Oct 2018 – A Hamilton woman charged with embezzling money from her employer admitted to authorities that she used some of the stolen funds to make donations to the election campaign of Trenton councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. “I’m the victim here,” the councilwoman told this newspaper Tuesday night. “She cleaned me out.” Yolanda M. Torres, 43, […]

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Dental assistant charged with stealing jewelry from sedated patients

Feb 8, 19 — A Long Island dental assistant is under arrest, accused of stealing jewelry from patients. Arieta Gouvakis, 38, worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Elliot Koschitzki at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point. She is accused of removing jewelry worth between $1,000 and $3,000 from two patients who […]

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#13 • How to Positively Identify Patients

It could happen to your office: a new patient uses someone else’s identification to falsely obtain dental benefits coverage. When discovered, the insurance company will recover its payment from you. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you will then be able to recover your fee from the patient. Download as a word document How to Positively […]

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