AP audit reveals finance director’s embezzlement

A former employee of a Glenwood Springs, Colorado, hospital recently turned herself in to authorities after she was connected to a $226,000 embezzlement scheme, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports.

Lisa Dawn Mack, the hospital's director of the revenue cycle, allegedly stole more than $178,000 via "unauthorized mileage reimbursements and overpayments," according to an affidavit quoted by the news source. The rest of the money was misappropriated from paychecks given to her daughter-in-law, Donna Sandel, who was employed by the hospital in February 2009.

Mack told Sandel she was being overpaid and offered to handle the repayments. Sandel also testified that she handed over "$1,000 to $2,000 in cash for her income taxes," which Mack said she would put into a special account to be matched by the hospital.

Police conducted an accounts payable audit after Sandel was contacted by the Internal Revenue Service about unpaid taxes earlier this year. The AP audit found that Mack had misappropriated nearly half of the money Sandel was paid by the hospital between February 2009 and January 2011.

Overpayments have also recently been an issue in Colorado on a much larger scale. Recovery audit results revealed the state has made more than $382 million in overpayments to unemployment claimants since 2006, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.  

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