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Woman charged with taking money from dental office

March 09, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., woman was charged over the weekend with taking around $22,000 from the dental office where she previously worked, records state.

Donna A. Brining, 56, of 2041 Carter Ave., was charged with embezzlement. She worked as the office manager at Dr. Randolph Evans' dental practice until she resigned on April 23, 2003, according to West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Bird, who investigated the case.

Evans, whose dental office is on Sierra Drive in Martinsburg, hired an accounting firm to investigate the suspected embezzlement, records show.

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Employees of the accounting firm randomly selected a four-month period and found that, during that period, $7,630.97 was collected from patients. Of that, only $536.09 had been deposited into the dental office's bank account, records allege.

One of Brining's responsibilities was to deposit such payments, records state.

Investigators believe that around $22,000 was taken over a 12-month period.

Brining told investigators that she took out a personal loan for $22,000 "to repay Dr. Evans for what she had claimed were deposits she had accidentally thrown away," Bird wrote in a criminal complaint filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Brining was arraigned on the felony charge Saturday and released after posting a $10,000 property bond.

Conviction on a charge of embezzlement carries a sentence of either one to 10 years in prison or up to one year in jail.

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