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Former Medical Office Manager Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling $1.5 Million from Employer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A former office manager of Northampton Internal Medical Associates (NIMA) was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Springfield for embezzling more than $1.5 million.

Roxanne Tubolino, 56, of Belchertown, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 39 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $1,342,256 to NIMA, $25,000 to NIMA’s insurance company, and $506,447 to the IRS.  In January 2015, Tubolino pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and six counts of tax evasion.

From 2008 through Sept. 11, 2013, Tubolino was employed as an office manager for NIMA, a medical practice in Northampton.  During this period, Tubolino embezzled $1,562,206 by writing numerous checks from NIMA’s corporate account to pay her personal credit card bills.  Tubolino concealed this theft by entering these checks into NIMA’s Quickbooks records as business expenses, such as “Oncology Supplies.”  Tubolino used the stolen funds to obtain cash advances and for charges relating to her competitive horse showing and at clothing stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues.  Furthermore, Tubolino filed income tax returns from 2008 to 2013 in which she did not report any of the income that she received from her embezzlement at NIMA.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, made the announcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

Updated August 25, 2015

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