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Doctor's Desk

Actual Cases

These are actual cases of embezzlement. The amount of money reported as stolen in each case was just what could be proven. In many cases the actual amount was more, and in some cases much more.


  • The newly hired receptionist in a dental practice was able to embezzle more than $50,000 in her first 15 months of employment.

  • Over a 21-month period, an employee of an Illinois podiatrist was able to treat herself to Chicago Bears tickets, cruises, and trips to Las Vegas with the $130,000 she managed to embezzle.

  • During seven years as a trusted employee of an internal medicine practice, the office manager was able to steal over $1,000,000.

  • An employee of an optometric practice pocketed $94,000 in stolen funds in less than three years. 

  • The receptionist at a medical clinic embezzled $664,000 in patient co-pays, insurance reimbursements, and personal credit card charges before being caught.

  • A mother and daughter, both employees at a Florida Chiropractor’s office, were jailed for embezzling more than $170,000.

  • A Michigan pulmonologist lost $800,000 in an embezzlement scheme perpetrated by the office manager.

  • An audiology center in Lincoln, Nebraska was the victim of a 24-month-long embezzlement scheme that netted $137,000.

  • A physical therapy center in Georgia lost $322,000 in an embezzlement scheme that lasted just under 48 months.

  • The office manager for an optometric office, using multiple schemes, was able to steal over $200,000 in 36 months.

  • (My favorite) The lone front-office employee at a dental office, who was considered family by the doctor, had managed after 15 years of employment to steal $800,000, which essentially amounted to the doctor’s entire retirement fund.  However, after finally admitting to the theft, she graciously gave up her $5,000 retirement savings as restitution.


Serial embezzlers, ones who steal from multiple employers, are not uncommon.


  • A woman caught embezzling from a Nebraska chiropractor was, at the time of her arrest, still on parole for a fraud she had committed in Colorado.

  • An employee charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from the optometrist she worked for faced revocation of the probation she was on for a theft of over $40,000 from the local chiropractor she had worked for previously.  (At least she was consistent).


If you are still unconvinced, please contact us.  We will supply you with cases until you are convinced!

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