Woman accused of embezzling $55,000 using forged checks

Posted Nov. 07, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A woman accused of embezzling more than $55,000 from a dentist’s office has been released while she waits for her next appearance in federal court.

According to documents filed in the U.S. District Court, Robert Rosenberg, who runs a dental practice in Rockland, complained to police last December that his office manager, Sandra Wallace, had written company checks to herself and forged his signature on them in the course of two years.

The affidavit filed by Brian Pellerin, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, lists only three incidents, but Pellerin wrote, “I have not included each and every fact I know concerning this investigation.” The three incidents include a check for $2,600 that states in the check ledger it was made out to “GAC,” but, Pellerin wrote, was actually made out to Wallace. Wallace’s personal bank account received a credit of $2,600 the same day.

Two other incidents listed included $400 and $650 going to Wallace, which Pellerin said he verified with bank images of the checks. The incidents happened in October and November 2008.

The dentist told police Wallace made checks out to herself from 2007 to 2009 totaling more than $55,000.

Rockland police interviewed Wallace, and according to the federal court documents, “Wallace admitted to signing Dr. A’s name to checks she deposited into her own account without Dr. A’s permission or knowledge.”

Wallace, 54, of Rockland has been charged with three counts of embezzlement. She has not been indicted by a grand jury. Her initial court appearance in Portland was Oct. 25.

Wallace faces a fine of up to $750,000 and up to 30 years in jail.

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