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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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Couple charged with stealing more than half a million dollars from dentist.

She “failed to deposit” over 1400 checks! “She cashed checks at currency exchanges, a gas station, a local bar and by depositing them in a bank account” – Bill Hiltz Mar 2019 – ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — A former receptionist and bookkeeper for an Arlington Heights dentist accused of stealing more than $600,000 from her […]

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Dental employee accused of stealing thousands from her trusting employer

Fraudulent use of trusting dentist’s credit card. “Most dental embezzlers are not financial wizards that use complex schemes to conceal their thefts. Instead, they observe a blind spot in the dentist’s oversight; an area that the embezzler knows the dentist will not scrutinize. Such was the case for Dr. Pilgrim.” – Bill Hiltz  March 2019 […]

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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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Yatika Wallace gets 6-month sentence in $340,000 theft case

JAN-2017, MANSFIELD – Insook Chung never suspected her office manager was stealing nearly $340,000 from her. Yatika Wallace, 43, took $339,198 from the Get Well Center, an alternative medicine practitioner at 635 S. Trimble Road. The business is owned by D & I Associates. Wallace, who pleaded guilty in September in federal court to one […]

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Scarborough woman sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzling $500,000

Carrie Caporino, 46, acknowledges the thefts from two health care practices and the fraudulent use of a Social Security number. September 8, 2018,  PORTLAND, Maine — A Scarborough woman was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for embezzling more than half a million dollars from health care providers in southern Maine, and for using […]

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Dental worker to repay $170,000 embezzled from dental practice

At a rate of $300 per month, it would take about 47 years to pay the $170,000. 2015 – GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A Kentwood dental employee convicted of embezzlement was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation and ordered to pay back $170,000 pilfered from Dental Associates of West Michigan over a 2½ year […]

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