A Las Vegas accountant has been charged with defrauding more than $ 100,000 from a local doctor’s office in a complex embezzlement scam, police said.
Alisha Hendrix, 40, was held in the Clark County Detention Center last week on a single count of theft over $ 100,000, Las Vegas police said. Court and prison records also identified her as Alisha Nicole Curtis.
Police said in a warrant that a Las Vegas Valley doctor hired Hendrix to keep her office books in 2017. In November 2018, the doctor said she learned that a large number of office bills were no had not been paid. The doctor’s bank account had also been frozen, police said.
“Other indicators were that the gas to (the doctor’s) office had been cut, the water vendor stopped delivering, patient reimbursement checks were bouncing (and the doctor’s phone) had been turned off due to ‘a lack of payment,’ police said. .
The doctor told police that when she inquired at her local bank, she learned that Hendrix “had masqueraded as her on several occasions while doing business at the bank”.
A police detective wrote in the warrant that Hendrix opened a bank account with a name almost identical to the name of the doctor’s office – with only one different letter – and that she used the employer’s identification number from the doctor to open the account.
“(The doctor) then found out that his Square merchant services account had deposited all of the company’s products into the secondary business account,” police said.
Police said transactions routed to the account Hendrix controlled totaled $ 78,737 in just under three months.
“When the account was closed, there was no more money in the account,” police said.
A certified fraud examiner hired by the doctor has discovered several loans that Hendrix allegedly obtained using an unauthorized signature stamp from the doctor, police said. Together, they totaled $ 108,000, according to the mandate.
The doctor who reported the case to police ultimately “filed for bankruptcy,” according to the warrant.
“All the money that was diverted to the duplicate account was gone and it is not known where it went,” police wrote. “The loans are still outstanding, they demand that (the doctor) repay even though she can prove that they were obtained fraudulently. (The doctor) wants to take legal action.
A criminal complaint in the case was filed in Las Vegas courthouse on September 30, 2020. Court records do not list a lawyer for Hendrix. A message left at Hendrix’s office on Monday was not immediately returned.
Hendrix is currently in custody, court records show. A hearing in this case is scheduled for April 29.
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