DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) — A Hamilton County Grand Jury this week indicted a woman on charges of stealing about $500,000 from a Ti-State medical practice that serves children.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Andy Berghausen says it is one of the largest embezzlement cases he has ever seen.
“That’s not much,” said Berghausen. “That’s just really not something someone with a conscience does.”
Christy Adams was brought to West Side Pediatrics in Delhi in the fall of 2019 as a bookkeeper and office manager.
Berghausen says Adams immediately started stealing by manipulating the payroll to pay himself extra money.
“You have to steal a lot in a year to steal half a million dollars,” he said.
Prosecutors allege that Adams bought at least two cars, paid for her daughter’s wedding, and received several season passes to Kings Island.
“She was on vacation,” Berghausen said. “She paid for people to go on cruises. There might have been a Disney adventure in it.”
The doctors in the practice noticed that they had financial problems. Berghausen explains that they attributed it to the pandemic that discouraged patients from entering, something that medical offices have experienced around the Tri-State.
Adams was caught when it came time to issue W2s and her salary was reportedly nearly triple what it should have been. The payroll administration of the practice has sent a message. Finally, auditors contacted the Delhi Police.
“They found that she was stealing from them in all sorts of ways,” Berghausen said.
Adams is accused of forging doctor’s signatures to write checks and of using company credit cards.
She is also accused of getting jobs for her daughter and her daughter’s friends in the practice, then keeping them on the payroll after they left so she could steal that money too.
Berghausen says it’s likely Adams was on probation for another financial offense when she was hired. He says he does not know whether the practice has conducted a background check on her.
“Before she worked at the doctor’s office, she worked at Talbert’s House,” Berghausen said. “And she stole from Talbert House.”
Court documents show that she paid $500 in restitution to that nonprofit.
Adams hasn’t been arrested yet.
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