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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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Former employee accused of stealing $85K from Pembroke Pines dental office

A former financial coordinator for a Pembroke Pines dentist is accused of stealing 237 checks over 18 months that were written by patients and insurance companies and worth $85,353, police said. Cynthia Rodriguez, 38, of West Park, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing larceny. She had worked for Dr. Hakan Kinaci at Pembroke Pines […]

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Former Columbia Dental Employee Accused of Dental Office Embezzlement

2016 – Columbia Dental is warning other businesses about the dangers of falling victim to fraud at the hands of a trusted employee. The company says it lost more than $60,000 when a former employee, Leslie Brown, deposited about 42 of its insurance payment checks into her own account. Brown was arrested in November on […]

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Dental office manager charged in $13K theft

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, […]

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Lexington woman charged with defrauding dentist and illegally obtaining prescription narcotics.

April 2016, LEXINGTON, Ky.- A Lexington woman has been charged with defrauding a local business and illegally obtaining prescription narcotics. Lexington Police arrested Elsie Leighanne Lamb, 32, in connection with crimes committed while she was employed at a local dentist’s office. Police say Lamb was employed at the dentist’s office from February to November 2015. […]

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Dental office employee charged with insurance fraud, embezzlement

Jan 10, 2018, RALEIGH – North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey today announced the arrest of Margarita Alejo, 38, of 2500 Carver St., Durham. Alejo is charged with insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, and embezzlement, all felonies. Special Agents with the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Alejo of manipulating claims with […]

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