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Former Tacoma Orthopedic office manager sentenced in embezzlement case

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
November 4, 2011 2:43 pm

A woman convicted of embezzling more than $1 million from Tacoma Orthopedic Surgeons Inc. was sentenced to seven years in prison this afternoon.

Suzanne Foss, who had been the office manager for Tacoma Orthopedic for more than 25 years, pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree theft.

Pierce County prosecutors alleged Foss , 64, was writing checks from the office’s main account to pay off credit card bills from expensive vacations and shopping sprees at Nord­strom.

Bank records went back seven years and showed a loss of more than $ 1 million dollars, charging documents state.

The president of the practice discovered the unauthorized checks last year and reported them to Tacoma police. Officers investigated, and charges were filed in July 2010.

Last year, the eight doctors in the practice, which also operates as Gig Harbor Orthopedic Surgeons and Gig Harbor Ambulatory Surgery Center, won a lawsuit against Foss .

Superior Court Judge Brian Tollefson granted judgments totaling more than $776,590 to the doctors, based on money missing over the past three years, plus fees and interest.

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