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Where are they now? Serial Dental Embezzler: Irina Chernyahkovsky / Karen Fooks

Irina Chernyakhovsky a.k.a Irina Fooks, Karen Fooks, Irina Rabkin Irina Chernyakhovsky is a career serial embezzler and fraudster who stole from at least 6 (some say 10+) dental dental practices, five banks and insurance companies in the Greater Toronto Area between 2005 and 2016. Irina has been imprisoned twice for financial crimes; 2009 – 2 […]

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Woman gets 20 years for embezzling from Naples dental practice

April 14, 2008  A former Naples dental office manager who embezzled about $220,000 over nearly two years left her sentence in the hands of a judge. Cassandra Jean Lorenzi, 38, of Fort Myers, rejected a plea bargain to a year in the county jail because she didn’t want to lose her new job. She had […]

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Little Rock dental embezzler gets 12 years for $218,000 theft; ‘you kind of disgust me,’ judge says

The former office manager for a Little Rock dentist was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for stealing at least $218,000 from the practice over a five-year period. The prison term is symbolic — one year in the penitentiary for each year Angela Kay Henson worked for Cobb Family Dentistry on Baseline Road and […]

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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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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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