Collier County deputies arrested a woman following a years-long investigation after she allegedly stole more than $50,000 from a Naples dentistry.
Donna Marie Rothermel, 47, was arrested at her home on a warrant. She is facing charges of scheming to defraud over $50,000 and grand theft between $20,000 to $100,000.
Investigators believe that Rothermel stole from the North Naples dental practice that she managed.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office was contacted when suspicious financial transactions at Suncoast Dental Center were linked to Rothermel.
As Office Manager, Rothermel managed finances, payroll, tracking employee time, and record-keeping since 2004. Investigators discovered that she was running a long-term con to steal money from the dental practice.
Deputies discovered that Rothermel was converting company funds to use for her own personal expenses. Officials said the purchases ranged from pet products to vacuums to vitamins.
Authorities said she overpaid herself and another employee.
The investigation also revealed she overpaid herself and another employee via payroll and used the practice’s operating funds to pay back two 401(k) loans. Deputies located Rothermel at her residence after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
She was taken into custody and booked into the Collier County jail.