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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 7, 2018

Scarborough Woman Sentenced to Two Years for Embezzlement and Social Security Fraud

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Carrie Caporino, 46, of Scarborough, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling from two  health care providers and for using the social security number of another person.  She was also ordered to pay $549,468.80 in restitution. She pleaded guilty on April 30, 2018. 

According to court records, between 2014 and November 2016, the defendant worked as the office manager for a southern Maine dental practice and embezzled over $293,000 by using office credit cards for personal expenses, using the office checkbook to pay rent and other personal expenses, and by making internet transfers from an office bank account to pay a personal credit card and her PayPal account.

Between December 2016 and 2017, the defendant was the office manager for a Falmouth physician and embezzled more than $255,000 from his practice by stealing checks mailed to the office by patients and insurance companies and then mobile depositing them to her own bank accounts using her smart phone. 

In January 2014, the defendant fraudulently used the social security number of an individual living in southern Maine on a health insurance application. 

In announcing her sentence, Judge Woodcock told Caporino that it takes a special kind of dishonesty to steal from someone who hired you and paid you to do a job.  In effect, he said, her victims “paid her to steal from them.”  He also found it particularly reprehensible that she victimized a dentist and a doctor.   He stated that the defendant’s actions resulted in a “catastrophic victimization of two fine gentlemen who dedicated their lives to helping others.” 

Both employers are now closed.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.

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Contact: 
James W. Chapman, Jr. Assistant United States Attorney Tel: (207) 780-3257
Updated September 10, 2018