Police: Woman stole $16K from York plastic surgeon
A former employee of a York-area plastic surgeon stole nearly $18,000 from the practice over a nearly two-year period, police allege.
Tina Helene Gingrich, 50, of 922 Fahs St. in York City, is free on $10,000 bail, charged with the third-degree felonies of theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud. She was arraigned March 24 by District Judge Scott Laird and has a preliminary hearing scheduled in his office for April 26, court records state.
York Area Regional Police said Gingrich worked as the surgery scheduler for Dr. Denise Kenna's plastic and reconstructive surgery practice at 2350 Freedom Way, Suite 107, in York Township.
Between May 2014 and Feb. 16 of this year, Gingrich stole about $16,425 in cash and made about $1,386 in illegal payments and purchases using the medical practice's credit card, charging documents allege.
The credit card charges included $588 to First Energy Corp.; more than $200 each to Amazon.com, Verizon and AT&T; and less than $50 each to iTunes and Domino's Pizza, documents state.
What co-worker saw: Her co-workers became suspicious in January after one of them saw Gingrich put a petty-cash envelope in her purse at the end of the day, police allege.
When confronted about that missing petty cash, Gingrich said she didn't know what happened to it and said it must have been stolen, according to documents. When told she'd been seen putting the cash in her purse, Gingrich said she returned the cash after deciding not to take it to the bank that night, documents state.
Susan Hall, Kenna's office manager, began double-checking Gingrich's past transactions and realized that most, if not all, cash co-pays received through 2015 had never been deposited, police allege. Hall alerted police Feb. 16.
Two deposit slips: Gingrich would make out two deposit slips at the end of each business day, police allege — one would show all the checks and cash to be deposited, while the second slip would show the checks and no cash.
"A copy of the deposit slip that included the cash was handed over to Dr. Kenna for her records," documents state. "The one without cash would be turned into (Kenna's) bank with all the checks to be deposited. Gingrich would then keep the cash."
When Hall confronted Gingrich about her findings on March 18, Gingrich said, "I don't understand" and said she was "confused," according to police. She was sent home, and later that night she called Hall and quit, documents state.
Court records don't list an attorney for Gingrich, and her phone number has been disconnected. She did not answer her door Tuesday afternoon.
Hall, speaking on behalf of Kenna and her practice, declined immediate comment Tuesday.
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