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Fraud, Embezzlement and Risk in the Dental Office
This was a case I worked on in 2012. The office manager exhibited several embezzlement red-flags indicators.
Hamlin, PA- A long-time, former office manager for a dental office in Hamlin has been charged for allegedly keeping insurance money totaling over $13,000.
State Police, Honesdale barracks charged Sharon Swartz, age 58, of Jefferson Township for Theft, Theft by Deception, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds, Forgery and receiving Stolen Property. In all, she is facing 32 felonies.
According to police, Swartz was the office manager at the Scrimali/ Ratchford/ Hanyon Dental offices in Hamlin for 14 years. Since 2006, she allegedly was cashing insurance checks from, the dental office and keeping the money for herself. This involved cashing 28 insurance checks totaling in excess of $13,000.
Swartz was arraigned in front of District Judge Bonnie Carney and released on $30,000 unsecured bail. The accused as a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 8.
The report by State Police was issued Friday evening, Feb. 3rd.
SHARON G. SWARTZ, age 58 of Jefferson Township, PA pled guilty to one count of Forgery, graded as a Felony of the 3rd Degree.
The incident occurred between December 30, 2006, and March 7, 2011, in Salem Township when Swartz stole money from a local dental office while serving as an employee.
She was sentenced on August 9, 2012 to three to 23 months in Wayne County Prison and ordered to repay $19,000 in restitution.