Former hospital employee in embezzlement mess after Vegas arrest

Former Wake Forest Medical Center employee Steven Tisdale elevated problems related to his July 2012 embezzlement charge when he was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a missed court date and the death of his partner last week.

The Winston-Salem Journal claims Tisdale was expected in court for the hearing of his alleged embezzlement scheme conducted when he was the manager of Wake Forest Medical's commercial insurance collection division. An AP audit revealed the hospital's losses from the crime totaled $114,000, according to WGHP-TV, and a recovery audit was conducted shortly after as 219 checks were sent to individuals affected in the weeks following initial investigations. Tisdale acquired the money by cashing checks from accounts payable to patients who were owed refunds by the hospital.

Tisdale may be in a more compromising position than that stemming from his skipped court date, as the Winston-Salem Journal reports the day he was supposed to face judgment, his partner was found dead in their Pfafftown, North Carolina, home. The source says it is unclear whether Tisdale was arrested solely due to the absence or if an additional charge was made in relation to the tragedy.

A plea was scheduled to be issued at the Forsyth Superior Court by the defendant last week, according the Winston-Salem Journal. Tisdale has been free on a $100,000 bond since first being charged.

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