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Florida woman stole $50K from doctor’s office where she worked

Oct 2018 – A Tavernier woman was arrested this week after detectives say she stole more than $50,000 in cash over the course of five years from the doctor’s office where she worked and handled bank deposits. Mary Ellen MItchell-Irizarry, 40, was arrested on felony fraud and larceny charges Wednesday and released later that day […]

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Bookkeeper embezzled $150K from oral surgeon

March 2019 A bookkeeper for a Gainesville oral surgeon accused of embezzling more than $150,000 from him over two years and laundering it through a school PTA was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Friday. Heather Candace Hushelpeck, 43, of 3027 NW Fourth Terrace, was charged with grand theft of $100,000 or more, embezzlement […]

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Stamford Dental Practice Employee Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Embezzling More Than $100k

Dec 2013 – Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BARBARA O’HARA-LEONE, 53, formerly of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling from a Stamford dental practice. According to court […]

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Podcast: Interview with dental embezzlement expert, William Hiltz

William Hiltz has been a trusted advisor to dentists for over 20 years. Bill’s first encounter with employee dishonesty was in 2004, when his own dentist was embezzled for over $60,000. Bill investigated that case (yes, she was convicted) and since then has conducted hundreds more investigations, uncovering millions of dollars in embezzlement and saving […]

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Which of these fraud (embezzlement) scenarios is worse?

If you were forced to choose… These are two of the various “financial misconduct” schemes that I encounter during my work. Which of these scenarios is worse? If you had to, which one would you choose?

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FBI crime statistics show more women were arrested for embezzlement than men

Report shows 57 percent of embezzlers are women, and law enforcement agencies agree. (Marquet Report on Embezzlement) “In dentistry, the majority of offices employ women in financial positions so 99% of my cases involve female embezzlers.  Many of my largest cases involved stealing small sums of money over time. These schemes can continue for years, […]

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Ex-employee hacks dentist’s FB and posts that office is closed due to drug problem

When an employee is fired or quits, do not let this happen to you.  Follow the steps in our Employment Termination Checklist May 3/19 NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – An ex-employee from Downie Family Dentistry is accused of hacking into the dentistry’s phones and sending messages to customers saying the dentistry was closing due to the […]

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Lorain County women charged after allegedly writing prescriptions using stolen pad from dentist’s office

One of the women used to work for a dentist! APRIL 12, 2019, ELYRIA, OH — Two county women were indicted on multiple felony counts for allegedly writing prescriptions for medications with prescription pads stolen from a dentist. Bridget Dorsey, 31, of Lorain, and Camilla Sandanger, 28, of Elyria, each are facing counts of deception […]

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