Saturday, April 16, 2011
Upstate New York Office Manager Charged With Embezzling $600K From Medical Office
Nancy Phillips, 39, of Herkimer, New York, has been charged with embezzling some $600,000 from Mohawk Valley Urology where she had been employed as office manager. According to authorities, Phillips began writing unauthorized checks to herself in November 2005. She is also accused of using the medical practice's business credit card for personal purchases. Phillips' embezzlement continued for five years until November last year. She had been a 10 year employee of the business. According to Oneida County ADA, Bernard Hyman, who is quoted in the Little Falls Times: “There is certainly some correlation between the economy and property thefts like this, but I’m not ready to draw the conclusion that the economy is causing these crimes to increase....a certain level of greed is involved in these crimes, and sometimes people just have the urge to live beyond their means.” Read the story here. We note that the last major embezzlement at a urology practice was when Beverly Morgan, of Collinsville, Mississippi, has pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled nearly $1 million from Urology Clinic of Meridian early last year.