Saturday, March 12, 2011
Florida Woman Sentenced For Embezzling $115K From Medical Offices
Laurene Jones, 37, of Hudson, Florida, was sentenced to 4 years in prison followed by 10 years probation for embezzling some $115,500 from two doctors offices, that of Dr. Anthony Sankoorikal and Florida Sports Medicine, where she had been employed as a bookkeeper and receptionist. According to authorities, Jones redirected insurance reimbursement checks to her personal bank account over a period of more than three years, from May 2006 until September 2009. Jones was arrested last July after one some petty cash and checks were discovered missing. Police investigators said Jones forged doctors signatures or used a signature stamp to endorse checks to herself. Jones plead guilty to two counts of scheme to defraud on March 1, 2011. Jones reportedly claimed she was "addicted to money."