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Dental office manager faces jail for falsifying prescriptions

Feb 2016 • Kennewick, WA :   A suspended dental hygienist working as an office manager has admitted using prescription software to get painkillers for herself. Nicole B. Allenton, 44, is facing one year in the county jail for forging numerous prescriptions. It wasn’t her first time using the software to commit fraud. In 2012, Allenton […]

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Police arrest dental receptionist for prescription fraud

July 31, 2019 – Paso Robles, CA – A dental office receptionist allegedly stole numerous prescriptions, which she filled out and sent through a pharmacy where her husband picked them up, according to the Paso Robles Police Department. [Cal Coast Times] At about 11:30 a.m. on Monday, a pharmacist  at the Rite Aid Pharmacy at […]

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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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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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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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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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Tina Palko accused of stealing over $80,000 from doctor’s office

Too many doctors are ripped off by employees stealing checks. “This case involved theft of checks from the doctors bank account. Tina Palko was able to create checks and forge the doctor’s signature.  Doctors, DO NOT allow your employees to access your checkbook, or put controls in place to monitor and oversee the process of […]

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