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Fraud, Embezzlement and Risk in the Dental Office
The former office manager for a Madison dental office allegedly took more than $166,000 in cash and checks from the office over a four-year period, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
Veronica I. Eicher, 56, of DeForest, was charged with two counts of theft in a business setting and three counts of forgery for the alleged thefts that occurred between 2006 and 2010 at Madison No Fear Dentistry, where she worked for about 10 years.
Eicher is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
According to the complaint:
Dentist David Ducommun told police in March 2010 that he was contacted by the DNB Community Bank in DeForest about third-party checks, many from dental insurance companies, made out to him that were being deposited by Eicher.
Ducommun began to investigate and found checks from earlier years that were also deposited, apparently by Eicher. He told police that when he confronted Eicher by phone, while she was on vacation with her family, she went silent and hung up. She never came back to work.
A fraud investigator** hired by Ducommun found that Eicher had deposited $79,461 in checks into her personal account and took $88,905 in cash. About $2,000 was recovered when the scheme was discovered.
Police interviewed Eicher, and after initial difficulty recalling what she did, she described how she deposited business checks into her account and took cash payments from customers, then changed computer ledgers to cover her tracks. She said Ducommun never caught on because he trusted her.p:BC BCJ Body Copy Justified
**William Hiltz BSc MBA CET