Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Designing Woman

Good work Michael Zamora!!

It took awhile to piece all of this together but the effort yielded a good result and justice was served.

We'd always heard rumors you were good at exposing the women.

What? I'm just sayin'

Woman’s secret life exposed

By Scott Sticker: Herald-Zeitung

Since 2005, Davia Ann Clark, 39, has handled the money for Bluebonnet Anesthesia, a company that provides anesthesia to hospitals including Christus Santa Rosa in New Braunfels. Clark would have patients’ checks deposited into an account by an associate and use her credentials to take out loans and obtain credit.The only problem was those weren’t her credentials, and Bluebonnet Anesthesia was not her company.

Clark on Tuesday pleaded guilty to five charges in Comal County, including forgery, fraud and misappropriation of financial property, said Michael Zamora with the District Attorney’s office.She received an 18-year sentence and about $600,000 in fines — about $562,000 owed to Bluebonnet Anesthesia’s manager, Nicky Hardtegen, and about $60,000 owed to Medicaid, Zamora said. Clark, representing LnD Medical Consultants, was hired by Hardtegen in 2005 to handle Bluebonnet Anesthesia’s billing, according to court documents. Once hired, she began siphoning money into a bank account identical to Bluebonnet Anesthesia’s, Zamora said.

According to a statement filed by Amanda Todd, Clark’s associate, Clark sometimes would have Todd deliver patients’ checks to the bank, but other times she would have her mail them in an envelope addressed to Hardtegen. This seemed odd to Todd, which prompted her to do her own research.She looked up which patients had paid bills and compared this evidence to Clark’s bank statements, finding they did not always add up, her statement said.At this point, she said she alerted Hardtegen to the situation.

According to Zamora, from 2005 until Todd notified Hardtegen in 2007, Clark embezzled about $600,000 from Bluebonnet Anesthesia.Clark also used Bluebonnet Anesthesia’s financial statements to take out a loan on a vehicle, Zamora said. She fraudulently used employee identification to obtain credit and loans.“I just want to know where all this money went,” Clark’s defense attorney, John Esman, said Tuesday. “If I knew where it was, I would say get it back to the proper owner.”

Clark initially was charged with forgery on Jan. 9, but other charges then arose, Zamora said.“We have been trying to get this case resolved since the start of this year,” he said, “but since there were so many original charges, and new charges were brought forward, we had to work with four different defense attorneys. The process took a while.”

Zamora said it was a successful resolution, though, with Clark getting an 18-year sentence and owing $562,827 to Hardtegen and $59,738 to Medicaid. Efforts Tuesday to reach Hardtegen and Todd for comment were unsuccessful.