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Receptionist admits stealing from medical practice

October 20, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a woman has admitted embezzling more than $446,000 from the northern New Jersey medical practice where she formerly worked as a receptionist.

They also say 53-year-old Gwendolyn Muller used fraudulent credit cards to obtain more than $200,000 in goods and services and evaded taxes on that illegal income.

Muller, who formerly lived in Kearny, pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement, credit card fraud and tax evasion charges during an appearance in U.S. Court in Newark. She faces up to 25 years in prison when she’s sentenced Feb. 19 and also will forfeit $556,000 to the United States government.

From 2007 through 2011, prosecutors say Muller used her position to take, conceal and cash more than $446,000 in checks paid by insurance companies to the Kearny-based medical practice for services to patients.

At various times during this same period, she also fraudulently obtained 10 credit cards in the name of a principal of the medical practice. She used those cards to charge more than $218,000 in goods and services - a portion of which she paid for with embezzled funds.

Muller also admitted to filing a false tax return to evade the payment of taxes on this illegally obtained income.

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