Monday, May 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Receptionist stole more than $20,000 from Brandon doctor's office

A Tampa woman was accused Wednesday of forging more than 200 checks that were written to a medical office where she worked last year, stealing more than $20,000, according to sheriff's detectives.

Kenia Elena Exposita, 50, was booked in jail Wednesday morning on 224 counts of uttering a forged instrument and a single count of grand theft. The charges netted her a bail amount totaling $450,000.

It all stemmed from a four-month stint Exposita worked last year as an office assistant for Brandon Cardiology, sheriff's officials said. From August to December 2012, Exposita took checks that customers had written as payment for medical services and altered the name of the business, substituting her own name instead, authorities said. In some cases she told customers to leave the check's "Pay to" space blank because she had a stamp with the office name.

The office uncovered the theft in February during an audit. A lengthy sheriff's investigation found 224 forged checks, culminating in Exposita's arrest, officials said. The stolen funds totaled $21,165.85.

"The checks were just what they were able to prove," said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez-Nunez. "They think she was stealing cash too."

Exposita's jail booking sheet notes that she now works as a receptionist for Capital Tires.

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