Theft from doctors' business offices brings 45-month federal sentence | Arkansas Blog

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Theft from doctors' business offices brings 45-month federal sentence

Posted By on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Lynn Alisa Espejo, 53, of Sherwood was sentenced in federal court today to 45 months in prison for a scheme in which she stole more than $600,000 while working for companies that manage physicians' business expenses.

Espejo was convicted Feb. 8 of filing false tax returns, wire fraud and money laundering. Judge Kristine Baker's sentence included three years of supervised release. She said she'd make a determination on restitution later.

From 2007-2010, Espejo was office manager for Practice Management Services, Inc. (PMSI) and Blanford Medical Services, Inc. (BMSI). A release from the U.S. attorney's office said Espejo stole $611,099 by transfer of money from the businesses to her personal accounts. The government said she used the stolen money to pay for a vehicle, a pool and a new house.

In addition to money taken by wire transfers, the release said, Espejo used a PMSI debit card for personal purchases from Walmart including snow crab, bacon, popcorn balls, video game devices, school supplies and a trampoline. She didn't report this income on tax returns, avoiding $207,941 in taxes for those years.

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