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Over $700,000 embezzled from Raleigh pediatrics practice

Posted May 8
Updated May 12

— A former Carolina Kids Pediatrics employee was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing more than $700,000 from the practice.

Lori Wilkinson Pote, 50, is charged with seven counts of embezzlement dating back to 2007.

The company discovered the financial discrepancies in February and immediately contacted Raleigh police. Pote, the practice’s office manager with access to its finances, was subsequently fired.

A spokesperson said the company, confident that medical and financial records were not compromised, has changed its business practices since Pote’s firing.

“We can assure our patients and the community that only the highest ethical standards of medical and business practices will be tolerated at Carolina Kids Pediatrics,” the company said in a written statement.

Pote is in the Wake County jail on a $2.7 million bond, the same amount she is accused of taking. A judge on Friday denied a request from her attorney to lower her bond.

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  • dollibug May 9, 7:58 p.m.

    So did the amounts change or did someone make a BIG MISTAKE??????

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 9, 6:52 p.m.

    How in this day and age does someone steal 2.7 million and not have it be noticed for so long is... View More

    — Posted by Iwasasoldier4u

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    Unless it's changed, she stole $700,000; her bond is $2.7M. Still, I know what you mean.

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    — Posted by WRALModzDeleteOurComments

    I just read the story again and the first paragraph said 2.7 million was taken.

    And you are welcome. It was something I had to do as a young American.

  • Whatthehey May 9, 4:47 p.m.

    Confident? Assure? Following is from a recent article in Medscape News: "Physicians can expect criminals to increasingly target their electronic health records (EHRs) for patient information that they can sell on the black market for $50 per chart, warns the FBI."

    The agency's Cyber Division issued a memo earlier this month forecasting what already has become apparent with every hacked hospital Web site and stolen physician laptop — criminals see a golden opportunity in healthcare information technology"

  • HiGeorge May 9, 4:35 p.m.

    Many embezzlers are never sent to jail. It's embarrassing for companies so sometimes they only ask for restitution instead of pressing charges. The embezzler simply moves on to the next job and steals from them to pay back the other company. Some embezzlers simply spend years giving themselves two paychecks at a time. Others can manipulate their A/P systems or setup dummy vendors. The proof is in the bank statement which is usually lifted by the embezzler. Business owners should always review their bank statements.

  • Whatthehey May 9, 4:21 p.m.

    "A spokesperson confident that medical and financial records were not compromised,"
    Yeah? But it took you 7 years to find out someone took 2.7 MILLION $, but you're confident? And how much money is such a small practice making to not notice 2.7 M was embezzled?!

  • bishop_baggins May 9, 4:06 p.m.

    Can someone update this story please. I believe the amount was $700,000. That's what the N&O is reporting at least.

  • 678devilish May 9, 4:00 p.m.

    Many employers have certain issues in hiring people. Many times as you see here, they can hire the wrong person, yet allow a good person not to be hired. When are employers going to wake up and see the real picture and give the other side a chance. If I had been hired, I would have done my job effectivetely and not stole anything.

  • 678devilish May 9, 3:47 p.m.

    She knew she was doing wrong but did it any way. She needs to see prison time behind the bars and locked up.

  • rand8844 May 9, 3:35 p.m.

    Journalism 101 dictates that your headline should say, "Employee Accused of Embezzling $2.7M from Raleigh Pediatric Practice." Nothing has been proven yet.

  • common tater May 9, 3:26 p.m.

    Bond seems high for a white collar crime...seen lower for murder.

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