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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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Texas Woman Who Embezzled $1.2M From Doctor Kills herself in Walmart Parking Lot Hours Before Sentencing

Paige Bisher became so close to her employers, she added the woman to her will! May 07, 2018 – A Texas woman was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest hours before she was to be sentenced for embezzling more than $1.2 million from the couple she worked for, according to official […]

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3X to 5X No, I am not talking about loupes. It’s something else. I have confronted and fired a surprising number of dishonest employees; both in person or by video. Most employees immediately and vigorously deny the allegations – then leave in a hurry. A few have made verbal threats at the dentist on the […]

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Woman charged with stealing thousands from Fort Pierce dental patients

DO NOT IGNORE RED FLAGS “I am familiar with this case. Dr. Knowles observed that Kelly was exhibiting unusual behavior (red flags) and this predicated an investigation. Dr. Knowles losses would have been greater had he ignored his employee’s red flag behavior.” – Bill Hiltz 2013- FORT PIERCE — An investigation into a dentist’s former billings […]

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Office manager stole from Manhasset Dental, police say

Erika Lucassi is charged with stealing from dentist for nearly nine years. Feb 2018: An Ozone Park, Queens, woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from a Manhasset dental office for nearly nine years. Erika Lucassi, 36, was working as an office manager at Manhasset Dental (https://www.manhassetdental.com/)on Northern Boulevard, detectives said in a news […]

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Woman pleads guilty in $355,000 embezzlement and sentenced to 18 months

“This is a story from 2009 that has all the classic hallmarks of what happens when a long time employee steals from the practice. The losses were large, she was trusted and betrayed her employer. The dentist just wanted to put all this behind him. Unlike many cases, this victim actually was repaid $200,000 of […]

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Two former Haledon dental office employees admit to stealing over $200K

“They were paid well. They were rewarded handsomely. And yet they stole.” Dr. Dominick Lembo   March 18, 2014 — Two longtime employees have admitted embezzling $200,000 worth of insurance company payments from a New Jersey dentist. Office manager Arlene Marchese and dental hygienist Karen Wright had worked for Dominick Lembo, DMD, at his Belmont Dental […]

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