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Veterinary headlines | NEWS
Veterinary employee steals more than $400,000
Former account administrator pleads guilty to three counts of theft. By Andrea Hewitt
Employee theft: It happened to me
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ennifer Schneiders, former account administrator at AVETS in Monroeville, Pa., pleaded guilty to three counts of theft after stealing more than $400,000 from the practice. According to court documents, Schneiders worked at the veterinary hospital for 15 years before being fred in September 2011 when it was discovered that she was being compensated for time she hadn’t worked. After she was terminated, Hospital Director Sean Smarick, DVM, found questionable activity on the hospital’s proft-andloss statement. An investigation by an auditor subsequently showed that more than $398,000 in Jennifer Schneiders funds that were supposed to be deposited in the hospital’s bank account were never deposited. It was also discovered that a check from the practice for more than $8,000 was deposited into Schneiders’ bank account—a check Smarick says he had no knowledge of. Mike Manko of the Allegheny District Attorney’s Ofce says Schneiders was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail followed by 14 years’ probation and ordered to pay back the money.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - January 2013
dvm - January 2013
Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
dvm - January 2013