YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California dental assistant has been ordered to serve three years in prison for stealing $203,000 from her former employer and reportedly using the money to purchase jewelry and cosmetic surgery.

Tiffany Lynae Lovell was sentenced Friday in Sutter County Superior Court for embezzling funds over the five years she worked as an office manager for a Yuba City dentist.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old Biggs resident charged personal items on a company credit card and altered time sheets to collect pay for days she didn’t work.

A county probation department report says Lovell used money stolen between 2005 and 2010 to buy jewelry, clothing and electronics for herself and others.

She is also suspected of spending some of it on cosmetic procedures including breast augmentation, the Appeal-Democrat of Marysville reports.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (13)
  1. Sally says:

    Where is the proof

  2. Mace says:

    I need to see some receipts. I mean how can any employee run up a $200k tab over 5 yrs and actually get away with it that long? LOL get outta here

  3. Laurie209 says:

    She must have planned hard and long to pull this off. Guess she didn’t think that she actually had to work for a living, or that the money the dentist made was free for the taking.
    She should be in jail and ordered to do community service work after her 3 years in jail. Someone ought to benefit so why not make her work it off because the dentist won’t see a dime of it.

  4. Greg says:

    The news here is that it went to court. Big problem. Trusted people who have NO HONOR. It would not be hard to do IF you were trusted. Drs are so busy filling out paperwork to keep lawyers at bay that they don’t have time to take care of business or PATIENTS. Death Penalty would send a better mesg. 3 years is a total JOKE.

    1. Shutthe hellup says:

      Dentist don’t do jack didley squat…GO SEE ONE, and u will find out! The assistants do it all LOL! The dentist she was working for, must been out golfing and left her with a lot of responsibilities. They gave her 3 yrs most likely because of her race. This is a joke to me. They don’t even give the dentist and doctors that much time when they steal from the government…LOL

  5. Snarf says:

    I am not saying this isn’t a JUST sentence, but I am surprised that a female popped for embezzlement, got such a long sentence.

    After all, the woman in Ann Arbor MI who stole nearly a MILLION dollars from a youth hockey club and almost bankrupt it, was sentenced to NO JAIL TIME, as long as she paid back $1500/month in restitution. At that rate it would have taken her sixty years to make full restitution.

    With all of that said, I think this young gal will be in Club Fed for 9 months TOPS.

    1. conserver1 says:

      Club Fed or state prison?

  6. Compassionate Sucker says:

    Lets just hope that she spends her time getting the help she needs to straighten out her life. And maybe when she gets out, someone will give her a chance to get it right this time…???

  7. lili says:

    Sounds like the young lady and the doc were involved. No doc(or his bookkeeper) misses 200 grand. I bet this guy is married. Yep. Perhaps she’ll try a better career path next time.

  8. Ian says:

    Holly Keate did the same thing in Roseville……..embezzled $49,000 from the dentist who employed her……. she got one year in jail…………..and now is a convicted felon……….

  9. She stopped says:

    She stopped sleeping with him , so now he wants all his money back , they make too much money anyways , let her go and put the docs in jail, there the real crooks .

  10. DIK says:

    He’s an idiot if he didn’t wise up after the first 10,000. He doesn’t deserve to be repaid. Unless he had a bad book keeper? That’s happened.

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