Pennsylvania dental practice employee charged with stealing $19K from patients

An employee at Generational Dental Associates in Cranberry Township, Pa., is accused of stealing more than $19,000 in cash from patients at the practice, according to a May 20 report by the Cranberry Eagle.

Kimberly Cook, 58, has been charged with two counts of felony theft after fraudulent transactions were discovered.

Ms. Cook had worked as a clerk at the practice since January 2021 and was responsible for accepting payments from patients and insurance reimbursements. 

Police found 46 instances since 2021 where a card payment was entered into the payment software but no charges were made with the credit card processing company, the report said. 

Thirty-three patients who were contacted about the transactions said they paid in cash for the services, not a credit card. Those 33 transactions totaled $19,880. 

Ms. Cook admitted to police to entering credit card transactions and stealing the cash payments many times.

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