Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Oklahoma Woman Charged With Embezzling $210K From Healthcare Concerns

From the Enid News on 11/11/2014:

A former St. Mary’s Physicians Associates manager has been arrested on 31 counts of embezzlement and obtaining money by false pretense.

According to an affidavit filed in the arrest of Michelle Bays, 49, of Enid, she is accused of taking approximately $150,000 in cash and merchandise from St. Mary’s Hospital and affiliates and approximately $60,000 from Springs Internal Medicine, Dr. Dennis McIntyre and Dr. Daniel Washburn over a two-year period.

“We’re cooperating with the authorities that are handling the matter, but can’t comment further at this time,” St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Marketing Director Lori Boyd said. “She’s no longer an employee of St. Mary’s or its related entities.”
Bays turned herself in on the charges, according to Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris.
On March 25, an Enid Police Department officer spoke with an individual from Independence Physician Management who provided documentation leading to the charges, according to the affidavit.
In her role as manager of St. Mary’s Physicians Associates, Bays was responsible for making deposits and for handling the daily operations of seven St. Mary’s clinics and 13 doctors, according to the affidavit.
Independence Physician Management, the corporate office, learned of the alleged wrongdoing after Bays made a November 2013 police report related to a theft of approximately $5,400 in cash and checks from the Kingfisher clinic, the affidavit states.                                                                                                                                                                            
Bays allegedly had the checks and cash and did not deposit them in the bank, according to the affidavit. St. Mary’s corporate office reportedly discovered money was missing from accounts receivable and performed an internal audit.
The audit reportedly showed there “were numerous money transfers, money deposits, fraudulent purchases, fraudulent reimbursements to Michelle Bays personally, petty cash unaccounted for, missing receipts and unapproved purchases made by Michelle,” according to the affidavit.


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