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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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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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More than $40,000 embezzled from Facial Surgery Institute in Marquette

Sep-2018, MARQUETTE, MI–   A Negaunee woman has been arrested for embezzlement from a Marquette business. Marquette Police say they received a complaint August 13 from the Facial Surgery Institute. More than $40,000 had been stolen from the company by various means. On Thursday officers arrested Nicole King of Negaunee for one count of embezzlement, more than […]

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Former oral surgeon employee facing embezzlement charges, suspected in more patient thefts

JUL2018 OKLAHOMA CITY – A former surgical center employee, charged earlier this year with embezzling a patient’s refund, is suspected of doing the same to more than 30 other patients to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, according to recently filed court records. Erin Marie Bokemper, 31, of Midwest City, was charged in […]

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Dishonest dental office employee telling a patient to “bring cash”

We don’t accept checks! Listen to this dishonest dental office employee tell a patient to “bring in cash” This employee liked to remove cash from the practice and when cash was not coming over the counter fast enough, she decided to help the process along by calling patients to tell them to “bring in cash.” […]

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Sabra Aschenbrenner repaid her victim, Dr. Sharon Brackelmanns, the full $75,000 

Jan 2016 • A married mother of three was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation on her guilty plea to stealing $75,000 over a three-year period from her former employer, a dentist in Randolph. Defendant Sabra Aschenbrenner, 46, repaid her victim, Dr. Sharon Brackelmanns, the full $75,000 on Friday […]

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TIP #14 – Supply theft and loss in the dental office.

This was only my fourth investigation In 2005, I received a call from a local dentist who told me he was in his office on a Saturday doing some work. He pulled a patient chart from the file cabinet and was stunned to see four $100 dollars bills neatly tucked inside. This left the doctor […]

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Dental assistant charged with stealing jewelry from sedated patients

Feb 8, 19 — A Long Island dental assistant is under arrest, accused of stealing jewelry from patients. Arieta Gouvakis, 38, worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Elliot Koschitzki at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Rocky Point. She is accused of removing jewelry worth between $1,000 and $3,000 from two patients who […]

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Man allegedly altered, cashed checks he stole from kids dentist office

01/18/19- LANCASTER COUNTY, PA. — Police are looking for a 26-year-old man accused of stealing letters containing checks from a mailbox and cashing them. An arrest warrant charges Anthony Selkirk with six felony counts of forgery and a single misdemeanor count of theft, court documents show. Between November 19-20, Selkirk allegedly stole three letters containing checks […]

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