Bookkeeper for Augusta dentist gets 6 months for embezzling $120,000

Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 6:41 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former bookkeeper at an Augusta dental practice has been sentenced to six months in jail for embezzling about $120,000 from the business.

Celine Davis was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and ordered to have no contact with anyone who works at Augusta Orthodontics. The 43-year-old Lewiston woman was also ordered to pay another $72,000 in restitution. She has previously paid about $47,000 in restitution.

The Kennebec Journal reports that practice owner Darryl Zeleniak told a judge that he was more disappointed than angry with Davis. He said she worked at the practice for 16 years and was considered a friend.

Prosecutors say Davis stole the money by accepting cash payments and then deleting or voiding them in the computer system after providing a receipt.

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