Medical Office Manager Sentenced For Wire Fraud
DAYTON – Terry Stuerman, 48, of Beavercreek, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 months in prison for embezzling nearly $300,000 from her employer, Perinatal Partners, LLC, now part of Premier Health.
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service, announced the sentence handed down yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice.
According to court documents, Stuerman served as office and business manager for Perinatal Partners, LLC, a physician-owned medical practice based in Dayton, Ohio. Stuerman was entrusted with substantial responsibility for supervising and managing the business and financial aspects of the medical practice. Beginning in at least August 2007 and continuing until at least June 2012, Stuerman made hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized and fraudulent purchases using her company-issued American Express Card.
The charges were unrelated to Perinatal Partners’ business. For example, she used the business’ American Express to make thousands of unauthorized purchases, including various home improvements and pricey family vacations. In addition to the fraudulent use of Perinatal Partners’ credit card, Stuerman also had Perinatal Partners make lease payments on a luxury vehicle, knowing that such payments were not authorized, as well as receiving tens of thousands of dollars in unauthorized pay.
“Beginning in at least 2007 and continuing over the next half-decade, Terry Stuerman stole nearly $300,000 from her long-time employer, Perinatal Partners,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Sistla told the court. “She stole from doctors providing essential prenatal services in the Miami Valley. She stole from those who trusted her. She stole from one of her best friends. But it wasn’t until Perinatal Partners faced an audit (of which she was aware) that Stuerman finally admitted – and only then partially – that she had been embezzling funds from the practice.”
Stuerman pleaded guilty on June 5, 2014 to wire fraud.
She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $299,478.90 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Alex R. Sistla and Vipal Patel, who prosecuted the case.