AP audit finds ex-medical staff services director guilty of embezzlement

Jhoanna Engelhardt-Fullar, former medical staff services director of Princeton Healthcare System (PHCS), is accused of embezzling over $180,000 from her former employer.

According to Fierce Healthcare, an accounts payable audit and investigation was conducted in February, and revealed that Engelhardt-Fullar had stolen money and spent it on personal purchases, such as timeshare payments and Apple products, the news source states.

"We uncovered potential irregularities through an internal audit and brought this information to the Princeton police," said Carol Norris, PHCS spokeswoman.

The Daily Princetonian reports that PHCS contacted local authorities after the internal AP audit and Engelhardt-Fullar was let go from her position shortly afterwards.

According to the Office of the Mercer County Prosecutor, Engelhardt-Fullar stole approximately $186,000 by writing fraudulent checks to herself and also transferring funds from the medical staff account to her credit cards. More than 130 unauthorized purchases were made through the account's VISA debit card.

The Princetonian states that in 2002, Engelhardt-Fullar was also charged with larceny within special maritime jurisdiction by the U.S. Air Force, but the charges were later dropped.

Engelhardt-Fullar was charged last week with one count of second-degree theft by deception. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine.

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