NEW PORT RICHEY — A former doctor's office billing employee accused of stealing from her employers was sentenced Friday to 30 years of probation and ordered to repay more than $200,000.
Catherine Yount, 53, also will spend six months in jail — all served on weekends — after pleading guilty to grand theft and scheme to defraud.
Authorities said last year she stole about $159,000 from River's Edge Pediatrics in New Port Richey and $53,000 from the Hudson office of a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Michael Wahl. The investigation revealed that she took checks coming into the offices from insurance companies and forged them on her home computer to make the checks payable to her. She worked for the two offices at different times.
Her attorney said she spent most of the money on treatment and legal fees for her son, who was battling a drug addiction.
Yount, of 18607 Oak Way Drive in Hudson, has already paid $15,000 toward her restitution. She is working for another doctor's office now.